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Rep. Hintz steps down as Assembly Minority Leader

by | Dec 13, 2021 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) announced he will step down as Assembly Minority Leader, a post he has held since 2017. Assembly Democrats will vote to elect a new leader in January. Democrats hold 38 out of 99 seats in the state Assembly.

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Democrats have next-to-no power in the minority, unable to stop Republicans from passing whatever bills they want. One of the most powerful tools Democrats do have, if they remain united, is blocking Republicans from having the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

“That veto-blocking power has been important during much of Hintz’s tenure as leader, which also corresponded with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ first term in office. Evers was elected in 2018 and since in office none of his vetoes have been overturned by the Legislature.”

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