Wisconsin state senators sworn into office

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- Four new members of the Wisconsin state Senate have been sworn into office.

Those four new members, along with 13 other incumbents who won re-election, were inaugurated Monday. The ceremony came after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and other constitutional officers were sworn in.

The four new members of the state Senate are Republicans Andre Jacque, Dale Kooyenga and Kathy Bernier and Democrat Jeff Smith. All three Republicans are coming straight from the state Assembly.

Smith also previously served in the Assembly beween 2007 and 2011. He replaces Kathleen Vinehout, who gave up her seat to run for governor.

Republicans hold a 19-14 majority in the Senate. They also have a 63-36 majority in the Assembly, setting up divided government with Evers as governor.