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Assembly Dems Choose Neubauer, Haywood to Lead Caucus

By John Forester | December 21, 2021

From WisPolitics.com …Ahead of her election as Assembly Minority Leader, Greta Neubauer told her Dem colleagues Republicans are losing ground in Wisconsin and can only win by sowing division.Neubauer was unopposed today to succeed Gordon Hintz when the Oshkosh Dem steps down as minority leader Jan. 10. Assembly Dems also elected Kalan Haywood, D-Milwaukee, to become the new assistant minority leader. He will take over Feb. 14 after Dianne Hesselbein, D-Middleton, leaves the post to focus on her run for state Senate.Neubauer, 30, was elected to the Assembly in a January 2018 special election, while Haywood, 22, was elected in November of that year. Their elections today reflect a young caucus. Of the 38 Dem Assembly members, 18 have joined the chamber since the start of 2018.Neubauer said Republicans are focused on division, cultural wars and hyperpartisanship, while Dems will focus on what the majority of Wisconsinites want such as a living wage and clean water to drink.“Our strength lies in our shared desire to look out for each other to make government a force for good,” Neubauer said.“Our caucus represents hope for our state, hope that our government can truly represent all of us.”Neubauer is the youngest caucus leader in either house in decades. Neubauer, who’s bisexual, is also believed to the first openly LGBTQ leader of a Wisconsin caucus.Five members had expressed an interest in running for assistant minority leader. But Reps. Jimmy Anderson, of Fitchburg, and Shelia Stubbs, of Madison, ultimately didn’t appear on the ballot. Haywood beat out Reps. Jodi Emerson, of Eau Claire, and Supreme Moore Omokunde, of Milwaukee.Haywood, who was elected caucus sergeant at arms at the start of this session, touted the field of candidates for the job as a sign of Dems’ strength that they’re producing so many members who want to be in leadership. He said members need to realize and respect they come from very different districts and have leaders who understand that.“The entire state of Wisconsin is counting on us to be that moral compass, to be that guide, that voice of reason,” Haywood said.

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