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First Senate Floor Session

Swearing-in ceremony, first votes as a senator
On Wednesday, I was officially sworn in as a state senator during the Senate floor session. The session also marked my first as a state senator and I was greeted with a warm welcome from my fellow colleagues in the upper house.

Shortly after I was sworn in by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, the Senate got to work by approving gubernatorial appointments, voting on resolutions, and passing pieces of legislation.

While nothing that came to the floor on Wednesday was extremely controversial, the month of October is shaping up to be a time for important action. Specifically, the Legislature will move to reform John Doe investigations, rein in certain family planning clinics that have been operating in an inappropriate manner, and potentially even pass Government Accountability Board reform.

Stay tuned as it will be a busy month!  

Wisconsin Adds 7,200 Private Sector Jobs in August

Wisconsin's unemployment rate declines to 4.5 percent, represents significant 12-month decrease
From the Department of Workforce Development:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today released revisions for July and preliminary estimates for August, covering unemployment and employment statistics for Wisconsin. In brief, the estimates show:

Place of work data: Wisconsin added 7,200 private sector jobs from July 2015 to August 2015, and a statistically significant 47,800 private sector jobs and 47,600 total non-farm jobs from August 2014 to August 2015 (seasonally adjusted). Wisconsin also realized significant year-over-year gains of 7,200 jobs in manufacturing, 5,400 jobs in financial activities, and 12,800 jobs in education and health services.

Place of residence data: A preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in August 2015, down from 4.6 percent in July 2015. The 4.5 percent rate is below the national unemployment rate of 5.1 percent for the month and below the state's rate of 5.3 percent in August 2014. Additionally, the state's labor force participation rate of 67.4 percent in August outpaced the national rate of 62.6 percent.

To read the entire release, click here.

Blood Drives Around Waukesha County in September

BloodCenter of Wisconsin to hold number of drives
From the Waukesha Freeman:

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin recently announced a number of blood drives scheduled in September around Waukesha County.

To encourage donation, the BloodCenter also highlights the story of Jason Pansier, a Brown County man who has received 250 units of blood after being injured in a tractor rollover on July 8. Pansier was pinned under a tractor for about 90 minutes after it rolled while he was driving on an embankment. His family encouraged anyone able to donate to consider doing so.

Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient  donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

To find a complete list of drives in September, click here.

Blue Books Are Here!

Please contact my office if you would like to receive the newest edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book. The Blue Book is a Wisconsin tradition that provides a one-volume reference source about the state, documenting the state's three branches of government. 

Each copy includes descriptions of and statistics on many aspects of life here in Wisconsin, including sections on the state's population, geography, history, election data, among many other things.

If you would like a copy of the 2015-16 Blue Book, please contact my office at (608) 266-9174 or email me at

Today in History

1630 - English Puritans led by John Winthrop found Boston, Massachusetts.
1776 - Spanish explorers found the Presidio, around which San Francisco will grow.
1787 - The Constitutional Convention approves the final draft of the U.S. Constitution. 
1862 - Union troops stop a Confederate invasion of Maryland at the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of fighting in the Civil War.
1920 - The American Professional Football Association - later renamed the National Football League - is formed in Canton, Ohio.
1978 - At the White House, Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin sign the Camp David Accords.
Connect with Chris

(608) 266-9174
(800) 863-8883

33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708
Local Events
Mike Chaloupka Memorial
Craft Fair & Silent Auction

Friday, September 18 and
Saturday, September 19
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cornerstone Church, Delafield

Waukesha Friday Night Live
Friday, September 18
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Downtown Waukesha

Waukesha Farmers' Market
Saturday, September 19
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Riverfront Plaza

Delafield Farmers' Market
Saturday, September 19
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main Street, Delafield

Outdoor Antiques Market
Sunday, September 20
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Antiques Center at Wales

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