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New faces in the Legislature
11/25/2012

Twenty-seven completely new lawmakers took their seats in January, 25 of which were elected to the state Assembly. Twelve of the 27 new additions had never held public office before, though some of them had other experience in Wisconsin government.

**Senate GOP**

Senate District 18: Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac: Gudex is a longtime manufacturing worker and supervisor who made a jump to politics with his election to as mayor of Mayville in 1999. He was later elected to the Eden Village Board and, in 2009, the Fond du Lac City Council. He has served as the council's president for three terms.

**Senate Dem**

SD 6: Nikiya Harris, D-Milwaukee: Harris was elected to the Milwaukee County Board in 2010, representing the 2nd District on the city's north side. She previously worked at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center.

**Assembly GOP**

Assembly District 13 - Rob Hutton: The Waukesha County Board member from Brookfield is also the owner of Rock Transfer and Storage.

AD 15 - Joe Sanfelippo: Sanfelippo has served as a Milwaukee County supervisor since 2008 and has also run his own landscaping business for 25 years.

AD 25 - Paul Tittl: The former Manitowoc City Council president operates a vacuum and sewing machine repair business in Manitowoc. He was elected in 2006 to the Manitowoc City Council, where he served as president until 2007. More recently, he served on the Manitowoc County Board as chairman from 2010-2012.

AD 34 - Rob Swearingen: The Rhinelander native serves as the president of the Tavern League of Wisconsin and has owned The Al-Gen Dinner Club for 19 years.

AD 35 - Mary Czaja: Czaja is the owner of C.I.S. Insurance in Tomahawk and is also a member of the Professional Insurance Agents National Board of Directors.

AD 37 - John Jagler: Jagler is the former communications director for Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. Prior to his work in the Legislature, Jagler was a morning news co-host and reporter on WTMJ radio.

AD 39 - Mark Born: Born is the corrections division administrator for the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

AD 53 - Michael Schraa: The owner of Leon's Custard in Oshkosh is also an executive board member of the Winnebago County Republican Party.

AD 56 - Dave Murphy: Murphy is the owner of Inches-A-Way fitness center.

AD 86 - John Spiros: Spiros is vice president of safety and claims management at Roehl Transportation; he has served on the Marshfield City Council since 2005 and as president of the council since 2009. Spiros also served in the Air Force as a security policeman.

AD 62 - Tom Weatherston: This village of Caledonia trustee, now retired, was an engineer for Modine and now serves as an adjunct professor for Gateway Technical College and owns Weatherston Consulting. He also is a Vietnam veteran.

**Assembly Dems**

AD 7 - Daniel Riemer: A Milwaukee native and UW Law School graduate, Riemer is the son of David Riemer, a former candidate for Milwaukee County executive and state budget director during the Doyle administration.

AD 11 - Mandela Barnes: Barnes formerly served as executive director of Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope.

AD 17 - La Tonya Johnson: Johnson, the owner of a childcare center and an official with local AFSCME unions, is a graduate of the Dem candidate training program Emerge Wisconsin.

AD 18 - Evan Goyke: The public defender and Marquette Law School teacher is the son of lobbyist and former state lawmaker Gary Goyke.

AD 44 - Debra Kolste: Kolste works for Janesville's Mercy Health System and formerly served on the Janesville school board.

AD 47 - Robb Kahl: Kahl, an attorney and the former mayor of Monona, chairs Monona's Community Development Authority, owns Generations Title in the city and heads a non-profit labor and management watchdog group.

AD 48 - Melissa Sargent: Sargent serves the east side 18th District of the Dane County Board and owns a graphic design company.

AD 65 - Tod Ohnstad: This Kenosha alderman is a retired Chrysler employee and a union official at the city's former American Motors plant.

AD 71 - Katrina Shankland: Shankland formerly worked for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and was a field organizer for the state Dem Party during the recall election campaign in 2012.

AD 75 - Stephen Smith: A member of the Barron County Board in the 1980s and the son of former Rep. Patricia Smith, Smith is the majority owner of Rainbow Home Center in Rice Lake.

AD 79 - Dianne Hesselbein: A Dane Co. supervisor and former Middleton-Cross Plains school board member, she fell short in a 77th AD Dem primary in 2010.

AD 85 - Mandy Wright: Wright is a teacher at Wausau's Horace Mann Middle School.

AD 90 - Eric Genrich: An employee of the Brown County Library, Genrich formerly worked as an aide to Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, and as a field representative for former U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton.

AD 91 - Dana Wachs: The son of a former Eau Claire city manager, Wachs is a trial attorney and a member of the Eau Claire city council.

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