MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin state Senate will meet on Tuesday so Democrats can elect a new President and President Pro-Tempore.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald put out a press release early Wednesday in which he stated the move was necessary to "ensure a smooth transition of power."
Later Wednesday morning, incoming Democratic Majority Leader Mark Miller said in a statement that he is "glad Republicans have agreed to the past precedent ensuring a smooth transition through the transfer of power."
The Democrats have a 17-16 majority following the victory of John Lehman in a recall election over Sen. Van Wanggaard which was certified Wednesday morning by state elections officials.
Lehman was to be sworn in on Monday.
The Senate is not scheduled to be in regular session again until January.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is calling upon his colleagues to return to the floor next week so Democrats can elect a new President and President Pro-Tempore.
Sen. Fitzgerald put out a press release early Wednesday in which he stated the move was necessary to "ensure a smooth transition of power."
The Democrats gained control of the Senate 17-16, after John Lehman (D-Racine) defeated Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) in the 21st District in June.
Wanggaard finally conceded that race earlier this week, after a recount showed him still trailing Lehman by more than 800 votes.
But, Fitzgerald also stated he was "confident that we (Republicans) will regain the majority this fall so we can keep moving Wisconsin forward."
The balance of power could shift back to the GOP in November, when 16 Senators are up for re-election.
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