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UPDATE: Kramer elected Assembly majority leader

UPDATED Wednesday, September 4, 2013 ---2:47 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have selected Rep. Bill Kramer to be their majority leader.

Kramer defeated Rep. Dean Knudson in the election Wednesday. Ballots were cast in secret and vote totals were not released.

He replaces Rep. Scott Suder, who resigned his position on Tuesday. He is going to work for Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

The majority leader position is second in power only to the speaker. The job involves scheduling bills and directing action during debate.

Kramer has to give up his position presiding over the Assembly in order to run for majority leader. Rep. Tyler August, of Lake Geneva, ran unopposed for that position.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2013 --- 11:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are scheduled to vote on a new majority leader to replace Scott Suder, who left office on Tuesday to take a job with Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

The majority leader position is second in power only to the speaker. The job involves scheduling bills and directing action during debate.

Both Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer, of Waukesha, and Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, are vying for the post.

Assembly Republicans were meeting Wednesday to vote.

Kramer has to give up his position presiding over the Assembly in order to run for majority leader. Rep. Tyler August, of Lake Geneva, is running unopposed for that position. Rep. Andre Jacque, of DePere, dropped out on Tuesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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