DE PERE (WKOW) -- Another Republican state lawmaker is one step closer to a U.S. Senate run.
Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) has filed with the Federal Election Commission, which allows him to begin raising money for a Senate campaign. State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald has also filed a statement of organization with the FEC and has plans to make an official announcement of his candidacy by October 10.
Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann was the first Republican to announce his run for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is among those who are also interested in the seat. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin is the only Democrat to enter the race.
Lasee was elected to the state Senate last year after serving seven terms in the Assembly.