Your Representatives in the News

State Assembly Representative Garey Bies

In February, Bies introduced Assembly Bill 16, which would create a 10 percent tax credit for the cost of advertising a Wisconsin lodging establishment outside the state.

The bill passed the Wisconsin Committee on Tourism, and will soon be up for a vote in the Assembly.

Source:  Garey Bies’s weekly email, AB 16 text

State Senator Frank Lasee

A state appeals court upheld Wisconsin’s voter identification law, which requires voters to show identification at the polls, on May 23. Lasee supports the law.

“In modern society, you should have to prove who you are whether cashing a check or voting,” Lasee said.

Source: Herald Times Reporter


Governor Scott Walker

Walker said he would support a proposed income tax cut twice the size of the one proposed in his own budget plan if it comes across his desk.

“We helped improve the economy, we helped improve our revenues by putting more money back in the hands of the hardworking taxpayer, the small business owners and others out there,” Walker said about past tax cuts.

Source:  UpFront with Mike Gousha


U.S. Senator Ron Johnson

Johnson has hosted 16 listening sessions about immigration to listen to what constituents have to say about the issue. Johnson said he wants to see immigration reform, but does not support the comprehensive bill in front of the Senate.

“We absolutely must secure the border,” Johnson said to “We also have to be, I think, very mindful of the fact that we’re also running huge deficits. We’ve made promises to Americans that we’re not able to pay for currently. We can’t be offering benefits to people that are here illegally.”

Source:; The Cap Times

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin influenced a social media movement, “I Stand With Tammy Baldwin,” after addressing Congress for the first time in May. She spoke about wealth disparity in the U.S.

“Wisconsinites have told me that the powerful and well-connected still seem to get to write their own rules, while the concerns and struggles of middle-class families go unnoticed here in Washington,” Baldwin said.

Source:  The Nation

U.S. Representative Reid Ribble

Ribble supported a Farm Bill proposal that would create “check-offs” for organic products, which would help farmers promote those products.

“I’m always struck with some of the folks on my side of the aisle who have issues with organic,” Ribble said. “This is something we ought to be applauding, not condemning.”


President Barack Obama

Obama spoke about stigmas surrounding mental illness on June 2, six months after the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut.

“We whisper about mental health issues and avoid asking too many questions,” Obama said. “The brain is a body part, too. We just know less about it. There should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love.”