Scott Fitzgerald re-elected as Senate majority leader as GOP gains seat

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

MADISON — Wisconsin state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald has been re-elected as majority leader, two days after Republicans picked up a seat over Democrats.

Fitzgerald, of Juneau, was the unanimous choice Thursday and ran unopposed for the leadership position he’s held since 2011 when Republicans took control away from Democrats.

Republicans will return in 2019 with a 19-14 majority. But they will now have to work with a Democratic governor who has the power to veto any bills passed by the Legislature.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Jennifer Shilling, of La Crosse, was re-elected as minority leader. Shilling says Democrats are looking forward to working together with Evers.

Assembly Republicans planned to meet Monday to vote on their leaders.

The Legislature plans to return for a lame duck session later this month or next.

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