August now speaker pro tempore in Assembly
MADISON — When the state Assembly is back in session next month, Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) will preside as speaker pro tempore. August will replace Rep. Bill Kramer, who was elected Wednesday to the second highest position in the Assembly.
Kramer, a Republican from Waukesha who has angered Democrats and spectators with his sometimes flamboyant and confrontational style, defeated Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, to become the Republican Assembly majority leader. Kramer was elected in a secret vote of the 59 Republicans in the Assembly. Exact vote totals were not released.
Kramer takes over as majority leader for Rep. Scott Suder, who resigned his position Tuesday to take a job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration.
Kramer, in brief comments after his election victory was announced, said he was committed to working closely with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and to increase the Republican majority.
The majority leader is second in power only to the speaker of the Assembly. The job involves scheduling bills and directing action during debate.