State Assembly: Speaker Sheridan Loses
Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republicans have ousted the leader of the Wisconsin Assembly.
Challenger Joe Knilans of Janesville narrowly defeated Speaker Mike Sheridan, a Janesville Democrat. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Knilans had 51 percent of the vote. Sheridan had 48 percent.
Sheridan was first elected to the Assembly in 2004. He was named speaker last year. Sheridan drew criticism this spring for dating a lobbyist working for the payday lending industry.
Knilans worked at the General Motors plant in Janesville.
Sheridan was once the United Auto Workers union president at the plant that closed in 2009.
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