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25 newly-elected state representatives to be sworn-in January 7


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Twenty-five newly-elected state representatives will take their first oaths of office on January 7th – along with a trio of first-time senators.

Both houses of the Legislature will begin their two-year session on January 7th. Assembly leaders said they’ve invited the 10 most recent speakers back as part of their ceremony.

Majority Republican leaders have vowed to get Democrats more involved this time – but the GOP has the votes to ram through what it wants, with little chance that their party’s governor will object. That’s how they got the state budget, public union bargaining limits, and the voter ID law passed in the last session.

Republicans hold a 60 to 39 majority in the Assembly. Waukesha County Republican Paul Farrow is unopposed for an open Senate seat in a special election next Tuesday. Once he’s elected, the GOP will have an 18-15 majority in the Senate.