News about former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, former Congressman Sean Duffy and state Sen. Chris Kapenga.
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is accepting a new position with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin. Kleefisch will be the organization’s “jobs ambassador,” representing the organization and promoting employment in the trades.
“As Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch was a very strong advocate for promoting careers in the skilled trades,” said John Mielke, president of ABC of Wisconsin. “We are extremely pleased and fortunate that she will be continuing these efforts for ABC members and the entire construction industry.”
“ABC of Wisconsin is doing tremendous work connecting people to family sustaining careers, growing our economy and educating more Wisconsinites about these opportunities,” said Kleefisch. “I see this as a way to continue my work as Wisconsin’s ‘Jobs Ambassador’ helping to grow our workforce and economy at the same time we grow paychecks.”
ABC of Wisconsin is a construction industry trade association representing 887 member companies across the state.
Former Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI7) is becoming a lobbyist in Washington D.C., according to Politico.
Duffy resigned his congressional seat after announcing that his wife, Rachel Campos Duffy, was expecting a child with health issues. His resignation has caused a special election in Wisconsin’s 7th district.
Duffy will become a senior counsel at BGR Group to lead their financial services practice. Duffy is a former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s housing subcommittee.
State Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will not be running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 5th district. He made the announcement on the Mark Belling Show on WISN.
In a release following the announcement, Kapenga said that he’s looking at opportunities to make a difference here in Wisconsin.
“Although initially we were very excited about the opportunity to possibly serve in Congress and the support we received, as time progressed it became clear that there are other impactful leadership opportunities that will better utilize my real-world business experience and allow me to help advance the conservative agenda of the Republican Party,” Kapenga said. “I love Wisconsin and look forward to further engaging in public service where I can get more done for the people of this state.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI05) announced he would not seek re-election. So far, the only prominent Republican who has announced his candidacy is state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).