UPDATE: Strachota elected Wis. Assembly majority leader

UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have picked Rep. Pat Strachota to serve as their majority leader, making her the first female majority leader in state history.

Rep. Pat Strachota

UPDATED Tuesday, March 4, 2014 --- 1:53 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have picked Rep. Pat Strachota to serve as their majority leader, making her the first female majority leader in state history.

Strachota replaces Rep. Bill Kramer, who was voted out unanimously Tuesday amid allegations that he sexually harassed at least two women last week.

The 58-year-old Strachota announced earlier this year that she would not seek re-election to a sixth term in order to spend more time with her 90-year-old mother. But now she will take on the second most powerful position in the Assembly.

She will also help Republicans on the campaign trail this fall. Republicans hold a 60-39 majority.

Strachota, of West Bend, beat Rep. Mary Williams for the post. Williams, of Medford, is also retiring at the end of the year.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 4, 2014 --- 1:23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Retiring Rep. Pat Strachota has been chosen to replace ousted Rep. Bill Kramer as Republican majority leader in the state Assembly.

Republicans on Tuesday selected Strachota, of West Bend, over challenger Rep. Mary Williams, of Medford, for the position. The ballot is secret and only the results were reported.

Republicans voted earlier to remove Kramer from his position amid sexual harassment allegations.

Both Williams and Strachota previously announced they were not seeking re-election this year.

Strachota will serve as majority leader for the final days of the session this month and through the end of the year. All 99 Assembly seats are up for election this fall.

A new leader would then be elected in January.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014 --- 1:05 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Retiring Reps. Mary Williams and Pat Strachota are running to replace ousted Rep. Bill Kramer as Republican majority leader in the state Assembly.

Republicans voted unanimously Tuesday to remove Kramer from his position amid sexual harassment allegations.

Following a closed-door meeting, the spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says two other Republicans are running to take Kramer's spot. Both Williams, of Medford, and Strachota, of West Bend, have announced they are not seeking re-election this year.

Whoever wins will serve as majority leader for the final days of the session this month and through the end of the year. All 99 Assembly seats are up for election this fall.

A new leader would then be elected in January.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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