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Risser elected as WI senate president

Madison (WKOW) -- from Sen. Risser:  State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) was elected to serve as Senate President for the 2009 Biennium on Tuesday.

  "It is an honor to be chosen by my colleagues to preside over the Senate through the next two years," stated Risser.

  The President of the Senate is the presiding officer of the body and acts to ensure decorum during debate.

  Additionally, the President refers bills for consideration by standing committees, serves as co-chair of a number of joint committees, and presides over joint sessions of the Legislature.

  "It is an exciting time in the Wisconsin Legislature. I look forward to working with the Democratic majority in both houses to ensure a fair discussion of the issues that matter to Wisconsin residents," concluded Risser.

  Senator Risser has presided over the Wisconsin Senate for all or part of 11 legislative sessions since 1979, when the state constitution was changed to permit the body to choose its own presiding officer.

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