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Rep. Bill Kramer elected new Assembly GOP Majority Leader


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Bill Kramer of Waukesha was elected Wednesday as the new Republican majority leader in the Wisconsin Assembly, the Number-two job in the lower house. 

The 59 Republicans held a secret vote, choosing between Kramer and Hudson lawmaker Dean Knudson.  

The vote totals were not released. 

Kramer replaces Scott Suder of Abbotsford, who resigned Tuesday to take a new job in the state Public Service Commission. 

Kramer is 48 and is in his seventh year in the Assembly.  He's been the speaker pro tem since the GOP took control of both legislative houses and the governor's office in 2011. 

Kramer presided over Assembly meetings in his previous role. 

Now, he'll help schedule bills for house action, and will direct floor debates.  

Kramer says he'll work closely with Speaker Robin Vos, and try to gain an even bigger Republican majority in next fall's elections.  The GOP now has a 59-39 majority with one Republican seat vacant -- and soon to be two after Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee steps down. 

Kramer's old speaker pro tem post was given to second-term Republican Tyler August of Lake Geneva. 

De Pere Republican Andre Jacque also ran for the pro tem position, but he dropped out because he could not attend his caucus.  Jacque said he had to stay home to take care of his wife after she broke a foot.