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New assembly majority leader to be picked today

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly are expected to elect a new majority leader today. Representatives Bill Kramer of Waukesha and Dean Knudson of Hudson hope to replace Scott Suder of Abbotsford. He officially stepped down yesterday, after Governor Scott Walker made him a division administrator in the state’s utility-regulating Public Service Commission.

The majority leader’s post is the second-most powerful in the Assembly, behind the speaker.

Kramer is leaving his post as the Assembly’s Speaker pro tem to seek a higher leadership position. Republicans Tyler August of Lake Geneva and Andre Jacque of De Pere are running to replace Kramer.

Now that Suder’s gone, Governor Scott Walker will call a special election to replace him in the Assembly. That hasn’t happened yet, but three Republicans have already announced that they’ll run in a primary – former Marshfield alderman and state Senate candidate Scott Noble, Stratford businessman Bob Kulp, and Clark County G-O-P chair and Dorchester trustee Debra Koncel. By announcing now, they were able to woo prospective voters during the Labor Day Weekend at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield.