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Janet Bewley

Janet Bewley (Dem.), 25th Senate District

Born Painesville, OH, November 10, 1951; married; 5 children. Graduate James Ford Rhodes H.S. (Cleveland, OH) 1969; B.A. Case Western Reserve U. 1973; M. Ed. U. of Maine 1977. Full-time legislator. Former Community Relations Officer, WHEDA; former Dean of Students Northland College, former exec. dir., Mary H. Rice Foundation. One of the original cast members at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and current member of the Rittenhouse Chamber Singers. Ashland City Council 2007-09.

Elected to Assembly 2010-12; elected to Senate 2014. Biennial Senate committee assignments: 2015 — Education; Insurance, Housing and Trade; Universities and Technical Colleges; Jt. Legis. Audit; Spec. Com. on State-Tribal Relations; Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse; Council on Tourism. Assembly committee assignments: 2013 — Colleges and Universities; Housing and Real Estate; Public Safety and Homeland Security; Rural Affairs; Transportation Projects Comn.; Leg. Coun. Spec. Com. on State-Tribal Relations (also 2011). 2011 — Forestry; Homeland Security and State Affairs; Housing; Transportation.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-3510; (800) 469-6562 (toll free); District: (715) 746-4100.
E-mail: Sen.Bewley@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: 60995 Pike River Road, Mason 54856.
Mailing address: Office: Room 126 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

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GOP Legislators Reject Local Sales Tax Hikes

GOP Legislators Reject Local Sales Tax Hikes

“Dead on arrival,” lawmakers say of Evers’ enabling legislation.

Evers Vetoes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Evers Vetoes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Senate abandons bipartisan legislation and includes provisions Evers promised to veto.

Campaign Cash: Legislative Campaign Committee Spending Soars
Campaign Cash

Legislative Campaign Committee Spending Soars

Total spending by four state legislative committees up from $2 million in 2014 to $12 million in 2020.

Evers Likely to Veto GOP COVID-19 Bill

Evers Likely to Veto GOP COVID-19 Bill

Bill includes mask mandate repeal and other 'poison pill' provisions.

Eliminating Mask Mandate Could Cost Wisconsin $49 Million in Food Assistance

Eliminating Mask Mandate Could Cost Wisconsin $49 Million in Food Assistance

Ending public health emergency voids state eligibility for emergency food assistance.

The State of Politics: Pandemic Worsens State’s Broadband Gap
The State of Politics

Pandemic Worsens State’s Broadband Gap

Rural areas and urban poor left out. Evers calls 2021 the "Year of Broadband Access."

City of Superior receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new downtown hotel
Press Release

City of Superior receives $250,000 state grant to support construction of new downtown hotel

WEDC investment to help fund development of 60-room Cobblestone Hotel & Suites

State Legislature Has Most Women Lawmakers Ever

State Legislature Has Most Women Lawmakers Ever

31% of state legislators are women.

The State of Politics: LeMahieu Struggles in Vos’s Shadow
The State of Politics

LeMahieu Struggles in Vos’s Shadow

New Senate majority leader a surprise choice who's trying to resist the dictates of Robin Vos.

Senator Janet Bewley announces hire of new Communications Director
Republicans Dare Evers to Veto Bill

Republicans Dare Evers to Veto Bill

Their COVID-19 bill includes immunity from liability for businesses violating pandemic restrictions.

Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Massive delays in claims, duplicate payments and an unreliable call center among issues found in report.

Hospital Association Wants State Action on COVID-19

Hospital Association Wants State Action on COVID-19

Healthcare workers and hospitals straining under surge in hospitalizations.

Legislative Houses Elect Their Leaders

Legislative Houses Elect Their Leaders

Democrats call for action on COVID-19 crisis.

Is Trump a Problem for Down Ballot Republicans?

Is Trump a Problem for Down Ballot Republicans?

If he is, Wisconsin's gerrymandered districts could soften the blow.

Bayfield County receives $250,000 state grant to support expansion of a retreat center
Press Release

Bayfield County receives $250,000 state grant to support expansion of a retreat center

WEDC investment to help fund the construction of the Wild Rice Retreat

GOP Legislators Attack Evers’ New Restrictions

GOP Legislators Attack Evers’ New Restrictions

But Republicans have proposed zero plans for dealing with the coronavirus.

Did Pompeo Violate Federal Law With Visit?

Did Pompeo Violate Federal Law With Visit?

The secretary of state's visit to the state capitol may have broken law against his office engaging in domestic political activities.

GOP Mum on Special Session on Police Reform

GOP Mum on Special Session on Police Reform

Gov. Evers called special-session this week. Bucks Players called for Legislature to convene.

Age, Race, Politics, and Conservation – Addressing the Elephants in the Room
Press Release

Age, Race, Politics, and Conservation – Addressing the Elephants in the Room

Wisconsin’s Green Fire announces Annual Meeting Series, September 9-26, 2020

First Lady Evers Announces the Wisconsin 19th Amendment Celebration Committee’s Next “Women Who Inspire” Nominees
Press Release

First Lady Evers Announces the Wisconsin 19th Amendment Celebration Committee’s Next “Women Who Inspire” Nominees

Committee celebrates Ntxhais "Chai" Moua, Stevens Point and Inez “Midge” Montano, Bayfield

Pence Hypes Economy, COVID-19 Response

Pence Hypes Economy, COVID-19 Response

The vice president campaigned for Trump in Darien Wednesday.

Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket During Pandemic

Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket During Pandemic

Opioid overdoses are up 117 percent compared to the same period in 2019.

The State Of Politics: Ten Years After Act 10
The State Of Politics

Ten Years After Act 10

Most of those who voted for it are gone. How has the Capitol changed?

Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

No action since April 15 on pandemic, police reform, budget shortfalls.

Legislative Democrats Introduce Bill Package to Remove Barriers to Unemployment Insurance
Task Force on Broadband A Step in the Right Direction
Senator Jennifer Schilling Calls It Quits

Senator Jennifer Schilling Calls It Quits

Resigning Friday to take an unidentified job that would create a conflict of interest.

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Politicians, lobbyists and activists fall back on party line in attacking or praising decision.

Bewley Statement on Supreme Court Decision
The State of Politics: Can Democrats Retake State Senate?
The State of Politics

Can Democrats Retake State Senate?

An uphill fight. Retirements by seven incumbents make races hard to call.

Janet Bewley Is New State Senate Minority Leader

Janet Bewley Is New State Senate Minority Leader

Sen. Bewley sets her sights on overcoming GOP opposition, re-taking the senate.

Many Democratic Legislators Resigning

Many Democratic Legislators Resigning

But Assembly Minority Leader Hintz seeks reelection to his post.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rep. Hintz Congratulates Senator Janet Bewley on Election as Senate Democratic Leader
The State of Politics: How Will State Party Pick DNC Delegates?
The State of Politics

How Will State Party Pick DNC Delegates?

Complicated formula to assure geographic, gender, racial balance for 84 delegates.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to 2020 Census Complete Count Committee
Op Ed: Voucher Programs Cutting Into Public School Funding
Op Ed

Voucher Programs Cutting Into Public School Funding

State Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Pope introduce legislation requiring a referendum before state aid to school districts can be cut.

Hot Debate, Limited Action by Senate

Hot Debate, Limited Action by Senate

Limited bills on homeless, clean water passed, nothing on dark stores tax loophole.

City of Shell Lake receives $250,000 state grant to support renovation of medical center
Press Release

City of Shell Lake receives $250,000 state grant to support renovation of medical center

WEDC investment to help fund new construction of a new primary and specialty care clinic and renovation of Indianhead Medical Center building

Dozens more Wisconsin elected officials endorse Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court
Press Release

Dozens more Wisconsin elected officials endorse Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Karofsky earns support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from across Wisconsin

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Approves putting constitutional amendment on ballot to restrict partial veto power.

Campaign Cash: Strange Bedfellows Back Pipeline Protest Bill
Campaign Cash

Strange Bedfellows Back Pipeline Protest Bill

Businesses and unions support bill limiting protests of oil, gas, and water pipelines.

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

Republican-created bill would limit protests of oil, water, fuel pipelines. If it passes, will Evers veto it?

Eyes on Milwaukee: $44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched
Eyes on Milwaukee

$44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched

Huge group of politicians, dignitaries, salute project to redevelop Civil War-era VA complex.

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany and Democratic Rep. Nick Milroy consider run for Congress.

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits

Senate Bill 83, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 6, creates the equal treatment of retail sales of all types of liquor for off-premises consumption.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #19 Relating to the Creation of the Committee to Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment
Campaign Cash: $35.8 Million Spent on Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

$35.8 Million Spent on Legislative Races

New record set: 2018 spending was 27% more than in 2016, double that in 2014.

The State of Politics: Gerrymander Caused Women Assembly Losses?
The State of Politics

Gerrymander Caused Women Assembly Losses?

27 women Democrats running for Assembly lost, women leaders point to gerrymandering.

Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election
Press Release

Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election

"I am honored that my colleagues have once again entrusted me with the responsibility of serving as Senate Democratic Leader."

The State of Politics: 6 Senate Races Will Decide Party Control
The State of Politics

6 Senate Races Will Decide Party Control

Stakes are high, including control over 2020 redistricting.

Governor Walker Signs Bills to Create and Expand Outdoor Recreation, Attract Talent to Wisconsin, and Improve Medical Assistance
Walker’s no good, very bad, jobs record
Press Release

Walker’s no good, very bad, jobs record

Wisconsin’s 118,000 jobs deficit grows after another dismal jobs report

Sen. Taylor, Bipartisan Legislators, Introduce Bill to Fund Suicide Prevention Text Hotline
Press Release

Sen. Taylor, Bipartisan Legislators, Introduce Bill to Fund Suicide Prevention Text Hotline

“Wisconsin’s suicide rate has increased between 2005 and 2015, and the suicide rate among teens has doubled between 2007 and 2015,” said Senator Lena Taylor.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign: Senate “Hatchet Job” Removes Haas, Bell
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Senate “Hatchet Job” Removes Haas, Bell

What did they do wrong? “I have no idea,” Fitzgerald admits, but demands firings.

The State of Politics: Can Democrats Win State Senate?
The State of Politics

Can Democrats Win State Senate?

Schachtner win gives hope. But everything would have to go right.

Legislation to Allow Municipal Officials to Serve as Election Officials Passes State Assembly
Press Release

Legislation to Allow Municipal Officials to Serve as Election Officials Passes State Assembly

The bill is supported by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association.

Senate GOP Calls for Investigation into Organization They Dismantled Two Years Ago
Press Release

Senate GOP Calls for Investigation into Organization They Dismantled Two Years Ago

"This request of the Attorney General is an egregious abuse of power..."

Murphy’s Law: Brad Schimel’s Opioid Problem
Murphy’s Law

Brad Schimel’s Opioid Problem

Attorney General has been reluctant to pursue opioid manufacturers. Why?

Op Ed: State Leaves Counties to Sue Drug Companies
Op Ed

State Leaves Counties to Sue Drug Companies

Opioid costs hurting counties, but legislature, Schimel won’t take action.

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
Press Release

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Strong families and communities start with early education
Press Release

Strong families and communities start with early education

Statement by Alderman Cavalier Johnson - October 27, 2017

The State of Politics: Does UW System Have Too Many Colleges?
The State of Politics

Does UW System Have Too Many Colleges?

Cross addresses what’s long been whispered: 26 UW institutions is too many.

Walker picks Foxconn over Wisconsin  schools and roads
Press Release

Walker picks Foxconn over Wisconsin schools and roads

Senate Democratic leaders released the following statements critical of Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to sign the largest taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history

School aid payments delayed amid GOP budget fiasco
Press Release

School aid payments delayed amid GOP budget fiasco

Worse yet, Legislative Republicans budget actions cut rural school funding

State grant to help boost redevelopment project  in downtown Superior
Press Release

State grant to help boost redevelopment project in downtown Superior

WEDC awards $109,877 grant to support plans to convert former warehouse into city’s first brewery in 50 years

Op Ed: Voters Deserve Say on Voucher Schools
Op Ed

Voters Deserve Say on Voucher Schools

Bill requires local referendums on any district's funding of choice schools.

The State of Politics: Voters Approved $1.8 Billion for Schools
The State of Politics

Voters Approved $1.8 Billion for Schools

And have given 24 districts permission to exceed state spending limits.

What ever happened to the Gold Standard?
Press Release

What ever happened to the Gold Standard?

GOP denies reality on job losses while defending lavish tax break to the top 1%

GOP Agenda is Failing Wisconsin Families
Press Release

GOP Agenda is Failing Wisconsin Families

State loses over 4,000 manufacturing jobs despite lavish GOP giveaways

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

In non-public meeting they approve 31% raise in their per day expenses.

A Proud Legacy to Build On
Press Release

A Proud Legacy to Build On

Our priority must be Wisconsin’s roads, schools and jobs.

The State of Politics: Walker Will Unveil A Reelection Budget
The State of Politics

Walker Will Unveil A Reelection Budget

Proposals in 2017-2019 budget made with eye to running for a third term.

A Drop In The Bucket
Press Release

A Drop In The Bucket

And There’s A Hole In The Bucket

State Of The State Isn’t Found In Madison Speech
Press Release

State Of The State Isn’t Found In Madison Speech

"Instead of a vision for our future, we were treated to an incomplete, and in many ways unconvincing, defense of the status quo."

Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election
Press Release

Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election

“I am honored that my colleagues have once again entrusted me with the responsibility of serving as Senate Democratic Leader.”

Governor Walker Announces Members of the Task Force on Opioid Abuse
Press Release

Governor Walker Announces Members of the Task Force on Opioid Abuse

Group to hold its first meeting on October 28 in Green Bay

Bewley Announces Bill to Increase Local Road Aids
Press Release

Bewley Announces Bill to Increase Local Road Aids

“What’s more important – a handful of millionaires or 100,000 miles of local roads?”

Wisconsin GOP Plan?  Tax Giveaways For Not Creating Jobs?
Press Release

Wisconsin GOP Plan? Tax Giveaways For Not Creating Jobs?

It’s time to stop picking working taxpayers’ pockets for this entitlement for the already entitled.

Republicans’ Plan: Tax Breaks For Millionaires and Tax Increases For Local Property Owners
Press Release

Republicans’ Plan: Tax Breaks For Millionaires and Tax Increases For Local Property Owners

“Is this really the Senate Republicans’ plan?”

More For Millionaires, Less For Our Schools
Press Release

More For Millionaires, Less For Our Schools

“My Republican colleagues’ budget priorities are out of whack.”

Manufacturers Tax Credit
Press Release

Manufacturers Tax Credit

Republican’s Economic Development Plan = 2/3 Fewer New Jobs

GOP Shortchanges 854,000 Students to Benefit Voucher Operators
Press Release

GOP Shortchanges 854,000 Students to Benefit Voucher Operators

Bewley noted that even including categorical aids, public schools will likely see virtually no biennial increase compared to the recession-era budget of 2009-10.

Op-Ed: Speed and Secrecy Killing Democracy
Op-Ed

Speed and Secrecy Killing Democracy

Citizen after citizen testified: "We don't know what's in the bill."

Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed 49 bills into law today at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare
Press Release

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare

Wisconsin is adding mostly poverty-wage jobs, which is increasing BadgerCare enrollment.

The State of Politics: Gogebic Mine Dies Without a Whimper
The State of Politics

Gogebic Mine Dies Without a Whimper

After all the controversy, it’s been killed, with barely a word from partisans on either side. Why?

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
Press Release

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements

Slate highlights problem solvers.

The State of Politics: More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs
The State of Politics

More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs

The number of women candidates running for state Capitol jobs is coming back.

The State of Politics: The Coming War Against Common Core
The State of Politics

The Coming War Against Common Core

Top priority for Republican legislators next year is to kill Common Core educational standards.

The State of Politics: Casualties of War
The State of Politics

Casualties of War

The war over Act 10 may be a key reason 46% of legislators have left or will leave in just over two years.

Plenty of Horne: Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!
Plenty of Horne

Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!

Bill Broydrick's Window Replacement Co., new women political candidates, and a MacArthur genius comes to town.

Retiring With Guns Blazing

Retiring With Guns Blazing

Several politicians have announced retirement, some diplomatically, others firing shots at their opponents.

Mining Company Uses Paramilitary Guards

Mining Company Uses Paramilitary Guards

Gogebic says guards will continue patrolling land, two legislators object.

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session
Press Release

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced the Assembly Democratic members of the standing and joint committees for the 2013-2014 legislative session.