Assembly GOP to pick leaders

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Latest on Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly choosing their leaders (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

A state representative from Waupaca is vying to replace the Assembly’s majority leader.

Kevin Peterson circulated a letter to his fellow Republican members last week saying he was challenging Majority Leader Jim Steineke. He said in the letter that his youngest daughter has now gotten her driver’s license so he has more time. He also pointed to his 25-year stint in the U.S. Navy as evidence of his leadership abilities.

Steineke was one of Donald Trump’s harshest critics during the campaign but said after the election that he was excited that Trump would be president. Peterson didn’t mention Trump in his letter and didn’t immediately return a message asking if his decision to challenge Steineke is tied to Steineke’s criticism of Trump.

Republicans are set to meet early Monday afternoon to choose their leaders.

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9 a.m.

Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are set to choose their leaders for the upcoming legislative session following their resounding Election Day victories in the chamber.

Republicans went into the election with a 63-36 advantage in the Assembly. They held all their seats and took out Democratic incumbent Chris Danou of Trempealeau to go into the session with a 64-35 edge, their largest majority since 1957.

Assembly Republicans were scheduled to meet early Monday afternoon to vote on their leaders. Robin Vos is widely expected to remain speaker.

Things could be a little more interesting for Majority Leader Jim Steineke. He disavowed Donald Trump during the campaign but said last week that Trump helped Republicans down the ticket and he’s excited about having Trump as president.

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