Fitzgerald, Roth re-elected as Senate leaders as GOP gains seat

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald standing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans in the state senate are keeping the status quo in their leadership.

Wisconsin state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) was re-elected as majority leader, two days after Republicans picked up a seat over Democrats.

Fitzgerald was the unanimous choice Thursday and ran unopposed for the leadership position he's held since 2011 when Republicans took control away from Democrats.

Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) was chosen by the Senate Republican Caucus to continue as Senate President for the next two years when the legislative session begins in January.

"The people of Wisconsin have entrusted to us the duty to work together, on both sides of the aisle, on their behalf to improve our state. I am excited to get to work this session representing my constituents to advance our Wisconsin values," Roth wrote in a statement.

Republicans will return in 2019 with a 19-14 majority in the Senate, but they will now have to work with a Democratic governor who has the power to veto any bills passed by the Legislature.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Jennifer Shilling, of La Crosse, was re-elected as minority leader. Shilling says Democrats are looking forward to working together with Evers.

Assembly Republicans planned to meet Monday to vote on their leaders.

The Legislature plans to return for a lame duck session later this month or next.

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