Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer accused of sexual harassment

CREATED Mar 1, 2014

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  • (from JS) Rep. Bill Kramer (left) answers questions after Kramer was elected as new Republican Assembly majority leader in September. Image by Associated Press

Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer may resign from his leadership post as soon as Saturday after being accused of sexually harassing at least two women while in Washington, D.C., for a GOP fundraiser.

Sources said the allegations against the 49-year-old Republican lawmaker involve a 33-year-old female lobbyist and at least one other woman. The Journal Sentinel has decided not to name the women.

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement Saturday morning in response to the allegations:

“Recently I was made aware of serious allegations regarding inappropriate behavior by Rep. Kramer. Since I learned of those allegations I have been consulting with legal counsel and other legislators to understand what options are available.

“The alleged behavior is reprehensible and won’t be tolerated.

“I expect that members of the Wisconsin State Legislature should always hold themselves to the highest standards and that’s why this matter will be dealt with swiftly.”