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UPDATE: Sen. Tim Cullen rejoins Democratic Caucus

MADISON (WKOW) -- Three days after announcing he was leaving the Senate Democratic Caucus due to a dispute with Majority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona), Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) is back on board.

Miller and Cullen held a late Friday afternoon press conference to announce they had reached an agreement on new leadership positions.

Sen. Cullen originally left because he felt Sen. Miller had not made any effort to assign him to leadership positions on important Senate committees.

Sen. Cullen will now chair two new committees being created: the Committee on Mining and the Small Business and Venture Capital Committee.

Sen. Jessica King (D-Oshkosh) is being credited with the idea for both of those.

Cullen will also serve as the Vice-Chair of the Transportation Projects Committee and the Committee on Health.

Sen. Cullen said he is happy to be back in the fold, and Sen. Miller admits he could have handled the situation better.

"You may not all be aware of this, but Senator MIiller is English, and I'm Irish, and after centuries of war over there in Ireland and Northern Ireland, I think maybe there's still a little bit of that in both of our genes," joked Sen. Cullen.

"I can take some responsibility, I'm new at this job, but, I maybe could have dealt with this better," said Sen. Miller.  "But the plain fact is, Senator Cullen is a valued member of our caucus."

Sen. Cullen said he will also continue to serve as a member of the Senate Committee on Education.

His return to the caucus gives the Democrats a 17-16 majority once again, which will temporarily increase to two votes when Sen. Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) resigns in early August to work for Gov. Scott Walker.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Three days after resigning from the Democratic Senate Caucus, Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) rejoins the party.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Sen. Cullen was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller at the State Capitol. There, they announced that Cullen would chair two new committees -- one on small business and venture capital, the other on mining.

Sen. Cullen will also serve as Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committed and Health Committee.

Sen. Miller says he takes a share of the responsibility for Sen. Cullen's decision to leave the caucus earlier this week.

Sen. Cullen says the new Mining Committee is a chance for lawmakers to bring everyone to the table to develop more mines in the state.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have reaction from Friday's announcement tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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