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Lawmaker who staged sit-in becomes leader

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- From a one-person sit-in to majority leader; Rep. Tom Nelson has come a long way.

  The Democrat from Kaukauna made headlines across the country when he slept at his desk on the Assembly floor for five nights in 2007 when lawmakers couldn't agree on a budget.

  On Wednesday, the 32-year-old was elected by his colleagues as majority leader of the Assembly.

  In that position, Nelson will help craft priorities for Democrats who take over majority control of the Assembly next year for the first time since 1994.

  Nelson has only served four years in the Assembly, but he earned a reputation as a hard worker on the campaign trail for his colleagues.

  Nelson defeated Rep. Pedro Colon of Milwaukee.

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