State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2018
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Last Sen.Wanggaard e-Newsletter Until November

For more than three years I have had the honor to represent the fine folks in the 21st Senate District, and communicate with you via this e-Newsletter. 

As we move into the fall election season, special rules go into place limiting communications from my office. From April 15th until November 6th, I am unable to send more than 50 pieces of similar communication through my state office. Unfortunately, that includes this e-Newsletter. Come November, the e-Newsletter and regular communications will continue.

Until then, I will be providing updates, on the following platforms:

Facebook - 
Twitter- @vanwanggaard  
State Website -

Check Your Mailbox for my Spring Newsletter

Sometime over the last week, constituents should have recieved my Spring 2018 Newsletter in their mailbox. The newsletter contains information about some of what I've been working on these past couple years, including I-94, Foxconn, victim's rights, and targeting child sex predators and human traffickers. 

Also included is my 2018 constituent survey. It's important to me to know what YOU think about the issues facing the state and area. Please be sure to fill it out and let me know!

Read my newsletter here: Click.

Marsy's Law: Stand With Crime Victims Candidate Pledge


On Thursday, April 12th I joined Attorney General Brad Schimel and a bipartisan group of colleagues in announcing the "Stand With Crime Victims" pledge, which asks legislative candidates to support the equal rights for crime victims during the next legislative session.

We worked with stakeholders from all points of view and all political persuasions to craft the language that ultimately passed last year with overwhelming bipartisan support.  The Legislature needs to finish the job quickly in 2019 so that the voters can adopt these new rights into our Constitution in April of next year.  Crime victims shouldn’t have to wait any longer for these important rights.

The pledge reads, “I…believe that victims of crime deserve equal rights during the criminal justice process. I pledge, that if elected in November, I will support the update of the Wisconsin Crime Victims’ Rights Constitutional Amendment known as Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on first consideration as 2017 Senate Joint Resolution 53. I further pledge that I will work to see Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin passes the Legislature on second consideration in early 2019 so that it can be put before voters on April 2, 2019 for ratification. Victims should not have to wait any longer for these rights.” The pledge will be available to all candidates for Wisconsin legislative office.

Research in the Rotunda
Local Undergraduates Showcase their Research

The annual Research in the Rotunda event was held on Wednesday, April 11th.  The event showcases the work of undergraduates throughout the state.  Students have an opportunity to display and discuss their projects with members of the public, as well as members of the legislature and their staff.  I've enjoyed learning about several of these projects over the years.

This year, Jeremy Wilbourn of Pleasant Prairie, explained his project which focused on the enhancing effect of attention.  Jeremy is a student at UW-Parkside.  His project was an interesting look at covert attentions impact on perception.  Great job Jeremy.


Also participating this year was Joshua Carlson of Racine.  Joshua is also an undergraduate at UW-Parkside.  His project focused on the Waukesha Water Diversion by creating a model river flow scenario from the Root River Dam removal.  His findings outlined the likely outcome if the dam is removed.  According to his model, area recreation would not negatively be effected.  Joshua is working with SEWRPC and will be forwarding his findings to our office.  Well done, Joshua.

At the Capitol

St. Mary's Elementary (Photo 1)
I visited with St. Mary's Elementary School from Burlington during their trip to the Capitol on Thursday, April 12th.

Giese Elementary from Racine also visited on April 12th.  My darling daughter Kathleen's 4th grade class toured the Capitol.

In the District

On Saturday, April 7th I was happy to attend the Scherrer Construction 90th Anniversary Celebration.  Representative Robin Vos and I presented a legislative citation recognizing their 90 years of business.  James Scherrer is a third generation President and CEO of Scherrer Construction, which is based in Burlington.

I was honored to be able to attend a couple Eagle Scout ceremonies this week.  First, congratulations to Eagle Scout Braeden Hills.
Also, a big congrats to Eagle Scouts Josh Muellenbach and Matteo Denoto on earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Quite an accomplishment, great job!
Issue 111
Friday, April 13, 2018
Me and Eagle Scout Braeden Hills of Burlington.

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State Senator Van
21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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Local Events

Chapter EAA 838 Pancake Breakfast
April 14-15
Batten International Airport, Racine

KAC's 7th Annual All in the Achieve Fundraiser
April 14th
Kenosha Country Club

Abate Chili Cook-off
April 21st
Sir Arthur's, Kenosha

Casino Royale Fundraiser
Benefiting Veterans Outreach Program
April 21st
Kenosha Moose Family Center

Racine County Clean Sweep
April 28th
Racine County Locations

Safe Harbor Humane Society Pancake Breakfast
April 29
Kenosha Moose Lodge

Racine Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast
May 5
Festival Hall, Racine

Open House Racine County
May 5
Racine County

Kenosha County Hazardous Waste Collection
May 5
Kenosha County Center

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