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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

 11:12 AM 

Ellis still cracking jokes from the chair

Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, will soon be replaced as Senate president with Dems now in control. But he's still cracking wise from the president's chair on his way out.

Ellis is still running the show until there is a vote to pick a new president, expected to be Fred Risser of Madison.

New Majority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, asked Ellis is he could use the new senators' names in his remarks to introduce them.

"You’re the majority leader. You can do whatever you want," Ellis cracked, drawing a round of applause from Dems.

Miller introduced new Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, while Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, introduced new Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon. Both got standing ovations from members on both sides of the aisle.

Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley then administered the oath of office to both men, who have already been sworn in during ceremonies in their home districts. Lehman and Petrowski then signed the Senate book listing all of its members. It's the second time for Lehman to sign it. He won the 21st SD in 2006 before losing it in the 2010 elections.


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