Across America, Republicans gained seats in state legislatures and in Congress, and won majority control of the U.S. Senate. No state was watched more closely than Wisconsin, however. Wisconsin is seen as a bellwether, “purple” state, which elects both Republicans and Democrats in statewide elections, and Gov. Scott Walker’s viability as a presidential candidate depended on his winning a second term as governor.
WRA’s board of directors endorses candidates for public office based on their positions and/or voting records on issues that are important to small businesses and the foodservice industry, in particular.
Out of 47 candidates endorsed by WRA in the general elections, 46 of them won their elections. Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and attorney general candidate Brad Schimel led the list of WRA endorsed candidates. [Click here to see the list of WRA-endorsed candidates]
Two of WRA’s endorsed candidates are restaurant owners, and WRA is very proud to have supported them in both the primary and general elections. Representative-elect Bob Gannon (R-Slinger) will represent the 58th Assembly District, and Representative-elect Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) will represent the 60th Assembly District. Both will be members of the unofficial “Restaurant Caucus,” comprised of about 20 lawmakers with management-level experience in the restaurant industry. WRA looks forward to working with them on issues of importance to the industry.
WRA members who went to the polls and voted, yesterday, should be proud. When we join together in a trade association, and participate in our government, we can help to guide public policy in a direction that supports our industry and helps us create jobs in Wisconsin.
Here is a summary of election results from yesterday:
Scott Walker (R) - 52% - 1,252,750
Mary Burke (D) - 47% - 1,115,943
Brad Schimel (R) - 52% - 1,205,165
Susan Happ (D) - 44% - 1,060,425
Secretary of State
Doug La Follette (D) - 50% - 1,153,997
Julian Bradley (R) - 46% - 1,067,861
Matt Adamczyk (R) - 49% - 1,112,354
David Leeper (D) - 45% - 1,112,870
Wisconsin State Senate
19 Republicans, 14 Democrats
Wisconsin State Assembly
63 Republicans, 36 Democrats
52 Republicans, 45 Democrats, 2 Independents, 1 Open
U.S. House of Representatives
243 Republicans, 175 Democrats, 17 Open