Madison… Senator Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) issued the following statement in reaction to the passing of former State Senator for the 14th Senate District and Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Services, Joe Leean:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Joe’s wife, Ginny, and the rest of the Leean family during this difficult time.

“Joe was a tremendous public servant who represented the 14th Senate District honorably for 10 years before becoming the Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Services under Governor Tommy Thompson in 1995.

“He left a lasting legacy of dedicated service to Wisconsin, and I am honored to represent the district he called home.”

To reach Sen. Ballweg with questions or comments please call (608) 266-0751 or email [email protected]. Visit her website,, to subscribe to her weekly e-update.

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