The congressmen representing The Gazette’s circulation area split on the vote to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan, whose district houses the city of Madison and stretches into western Rock County and the city of Beloit, voted to impeach.

“Donald Trump is responsible for inciting the attacks on our democracy. ... He should have been the one person protecting it the most,” Pocan said during the House debate.

Republican Rep. Bryan Steil, whose district includes the city of Janesville and encompasses conservative bastions in Walworth and Waukesha counties, voted against impeachment.

Steil said in a statement the impeachment sets “a horrible precedent” and that “We are spending time on a divisive impeachment one week before the inauguration of the next president. When Congress uses its constitutional powers for political expediency, no one wins.”

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