Kenosha's Barca to lead Assembly Democrats
Advertise on WalworthCountyToday.com
To promote your business, contact our account executives HERE.
MADISON — (AP) State Rep. Peter Barca of Kenosha has been elected as leader of Democrats in the next state Assembly.
Barca was the unanimous choice Tuesday to be minority leader for Democrats who lost their majority in the Assembly following last week’s election. Republicans will control the Assembly with a 60-38-1 majority for the next two years starting in January.
Barca won the election as minority leader after Rep. Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh withdrew from the race. Barca served in the Assembly from 1985 to 1993 and represented Wisconsin's 1st District in Congress from 1993 to 1995. He returned to the Assembly in 2009.
Speaker Mike Sheridan gave an emotional speech to the caucus, in which he said he was in shock following the election and that Democrats were "licking our wounds.“
Sheridan was defeated in the election that put the Republicans in power.