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Monday, January 7, 2013

 3:29 PM 

Vos officially elected Speaker of the Assembly

Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, has been formally elected speaker of the Assembly via unanimous consent.

Following his election, Vos said he hoped this would be the session in which the Legislature approved mining reform, an across-the-board tax cut for all taxpayers, regulatory reform and improved schools. He also asked the new Assembly members to put last session aside and work together.

"What we must also do is continue to respect each other regardless of party or policy," Vos said.

Vos also thanked those in attendance for their influence on his life, including his mother, father and 6th grade teacher, saying she was a good example of the "positive impact teachers can have" on their students. 

Vos also introduced several of the last few Assembly Speakers, including former Speaker Scott Jensen. 

Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, nominating Vos, said Vos' character hasn't changed in the last 20 years he has known him. He also praised his quick rise through the Assembly's ranks without "maneuvering or cutting deals."

"No, he did it by working hard and earning respect from Republicans and Democrats," Suder said. 

Suder also read a letter from U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, that congratulated his election and praised Vos for his trustworthiness as a leader while noting he disagreed with him on issues "90 percent of the time."


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