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Joel Kitchens to Seek Re-election

Representative Joel Kitchens

Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) has announced that he will seek re-election as the 1st Assembly District Representative. Kitchens is serving his first term in the Assembly, following the retirement of Rep. Garey Bies.

“It has truly been an honor to serve the constituents of this area. We share common values and I look forward to continuing to fight for them in the future,” he said. “I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish as a first-term Legislator.”

Kitchens led a bi-partisan effort to restore funding for the Harbor Assistance Program, which had been eliminated in the Governor’s proposed budget. This fund was used to fund the Kewaunee sea wall project and improvements and repair of the docking and launching areas of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

“Securing funding for the Kewaunee sea wall project will lead to economic development and the revitalization of the city. The grant received by Bay Ship will help them maintain their position as the premier ship manufacturing and repair facility on the Great Lakes and the largest employer in our area.”

As a former longtime Sturgeon Bay School Board president, Kitchens has continued his interest in education in the Assembly, where he serves as vice chair of the Education Committee.

“Improving educational opportunities for our young people is one of my highest priorities,” Kitchens said. “I will continue to fight for a more fair funding mechanism for our schools.”

Kitchens pointed out that a great deal of work remains to be done.

“We have taken some very important steps in dealing with groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in the last year,” he stated. “More announcements will be made in the coming weeks. We will solve this problem as we have always solved problems in our area – by working together.”

While proud of his accomplishments as a freshman, Kitchens left little doubt that he believes he will be even more effective in the next session.

“I have learned so much and built so many relationships and I know I will be even more effective and influential in the future,” he said. “I am working on a number of pieces of legislation during the recess and I am eager to return next winter and pick up where I left off.”

Source: Kitchens press release

Governor Scott Walker

Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced the creation of a Student Loan Debt Specialist position housed within the Office of Financial Literacy. This position will serve as an outreach coordinator to inform current and future student loan borrowers about potential debt management, investment, and educational options.

“College affordability is a priority for our administration,” Walker said. “This specialist will work with borrowers to inform them of their options and direct them to resources wherever possible. The creation of this position builds on our historic four-year tuition freeze for the UW System and our college affordability package.”

Source: Walker press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin met with students and graduates at University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss the student loan debt crisis and reform legislation she has introduced to make college more affordable. Earlier this month, Senator Baldwin officially introduced the In The Red Act, a major reform to address college affordability and put America on a path toward debt-free college.

“Higher education should be a path to prosperity, not a path into suffocating debt. But unfortunately, college costs and student loan debt are holding back an entire generation and creating a drag on economic growth for our country,” Baldwin said.

Source: Baldwin Press release

Senator Ron Johnson

A piece of legislation introduced by Johnson to name the Fond du Lac post office for Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas officially became law on Friday, March 18. Megellas is originally from Fond du Lac and is one of our nation’s most revered soldiers. He served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and is recognized as the most decorated officer in the history of the division.

Megellas participated with distinction in the landing at Anzio, in Operation Market Garden, and in the Battle of the Bulge, among other battles. During a night patrol in the Netherlands, Megellas crawled forward alone and killed two outpost guards and the crew of a machine gun nest. After the attack, he carried a wounded man to safety while firing a submachine gun with one hand. For this, Megellas was awarded the military’s second-highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross.

He has also received multiple awards each of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. During the Battle of the Bulge, Megellas led an outnumbered platoon in a successful attack on enemy forces near Herresbach, Belgium. Soldiers testified that Megellas singlehandedly attacked and destroyed a German tank. His citation noted that his platoon did not suffer a casualty during the battle, a remarkable feat. Lt. Col. Megellas is now 98 years old and continues to inspire Americans through lectures and other public appearances each year.

Source: Johnson press release

President Barack Obama

On March 30 the White House hosted a discussion of Women and the Criminal Justice System in honor of Women’s History Month and in the lead up to the United State of Women Summit. The event brought together justice-involved women and girls, family members of incarcerated individuals, women serving in law enforcement and other leading advocates for a more equitable and effective justice system. The event also provided a collaborative environment to discuss and share ideas on ways to improve women’s access to justice in the community, courtroom and cellblock.

Source: White House press release

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