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West Bend Rep. Pat Strachota elected new Assembly Majority Leader

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Assembly Republicans elected Pat Strachota of West Bend Tuesday afternoon as their new majority leader.

She replaces Bill Kramer, who was removed from the post earlier Tuesday amid allegations that he groped a female legislative staffer and made lewd remarks to a woman lobbyist last week.

The 58-year-old Strachota becomes the first female majority leader in the lower house in Wisconsin history. This is her 12th year in the Assembly, and she announced recently that she would not seek re-election this fall.

Between now and then, Strachota will help get the GOP's priorities approved in the final weeks of the current session. Then, she'll help Republicans win elections this fall.

The GOP now holds a 60-39 majority in the Assembly.

Meanwhile, Speaker Robin Vos says Kramer should not run for re-election to his Assembly seat this fall, although the choice is up to him as to whether he'll resign. Kramer has registered as a candidate, along with Libertarian Chuck Schilling.

Vos also said actions would be taken to protect anyone who feels uncomfortable around Kramer, should he return to the Capitol. He checked into a treatment facility last weekend, and there's no word on when he would be released.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)