Sen. Taylor Tapped As Co-chair on Legislature's Powerful Budget Committee

Following the shift of power to Democrats in the Senate, Sen. Lena Taylor, who will soon represent Shorewood and parts of Milwaukee, will help guide the powerful Joint Committee on Finance.

Following the shift of control in the state Senate to Democrats, Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee has been appointed as co-chair of the Legislature's powerful Joint Committee on Finance, the senator announced Tuesday.

Taylor, , was appointed before the Senate was to meet for the first time with Democrats in the majority following the .

“I am grateful for the honor to be named as the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance,” Taylor said in a statement Tuesday. “More than ever, Wisconsin needs a finance committee that is focused on job creation, economic development, infrastructure investment, and improving education funding in our state. It is imperative that those goals, coupled with a comprehensive oversight plan that provides accountability over public spending and taxation, be at the forefront of the committee and are the goals I will pursue.”

With Lehman's win, Democrats take a 17-16 advantage in the Senate, and control Senate committees.

New Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller announced that Taylor gets the powerful seat, according to a statement.

Democrats Lehman, Chris Larson of Milwaukee, Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Bob Jauch of Poplar and Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse will also serve on the committee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Republican aide told the newspaper Alberta Darling of River Hills and Luther Olsen of Ripon will also serve on the committee.

Steve ® July 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Are they still counting the votes for Barrett Lena? Your performance that night on MSNBSAD was spectacular, I haven't laughed so hard in months. ►Taylor, who will soon represent Shorewood and parts of Milwaukee◄ Shorewood much be thrilled!
taxpayer July 17, 2012 at 09:34 PM
As a Democrat and supporter of Sandy Pasch I could not be more disappointed to have Lena Taylor as our next Senator. I would rather have Alberta Darling any day of the week n
Pn July 17, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Way to go Lena! Congratulations!! I believe you'll represent well.
Greg July 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Enjoy it while it lasts.
Lyle Ruble July 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
@Steve...No problem!


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