State Assembly Rep. Deb Kolste, D-Janesville, announced Monday she will run in November for re-election to her 44th District seat, according to a news release.
If elected, it would be her fourth two-year term in the Assembly.
Kolste, 64, is running because she likes the work, wants to serve and believes she has been an effective voice for Janesville in Madison, according to the release.
“I have worked hard to advocate for our community, and I believe I have built a reputation for being more interested in results than in making political points,” Kolste said. “I have managed to do that by being prepared to debate on the facts and asking questions.”
Her approach has helped her get things done despite being part of the Assembly’s minority party, she said in the release.
“I have managed to get a handful of bills passed every session,” Kolste said. “I have forged relationships with Republicans despite my firm opposition to Republican legislation that limits access to health care, the creation of barriers to local governance and environmental issues.”
Kolste bills that have become law this session include one that allows pharmacists to extend prescriptions in emergencies if physicians aren’t available, another that allows the state to pay for training and examinations for first responders, one that allows pharmacy students to administer vaccines in certain situations, and a bill that provides grants for advanced practice clinicians, according to the release.
Pending Kolste bills include ones that address health insurance and prescription drug costs and regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, according to the release.
Her other proposals include non-health care bills, including a bill that would require partisan caucuses of the Legislature be subject to the open meetings law, a bill to end the statute of limitations on certain sexual assaults, one to permit student loan debt be refinanced, and a bill to help small businesses get access to seed money, according to the release.
Kolste is a ranking minority member on the Health Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. She also is on the Small Business Development, Transportation and Public Benefits Reform committees, according to the release.
Kolste was a Mercy Health System medical technologist before coming to the Assembly. She was on the Janesville School Board for nine years and served as board president, according to the release.