State Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) announced Monday he is running to replace state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), and Jagler already has the endorsement of the man he hopes to replace.

“John Jagler is the right choice, no question,” Fitzgerald said. “John has the conservative track record, real‐world experience and long‐standing local connections to do what is right for the people of the 13th Senate District.”

Fitzgerald will be giving up his seat in the Wisconsin Senate after winning election to the House of Representatives in Wisconsin’s fifth congressional on November 3. A special election will be called by Governor Tony Evers when Fitzgerald resigns to take his seat in Congress.

“It is an honor to have the endorsement of an important conservative leader like Congressman‐Elect Fitzgerald,” Jagler said. “I have worked side‐by‐side with Sen. Fitzgerald for a decade. Whether balancing state budgets or ushering in Act 10, Right‐to‐Work and expanded school choice, our shared work delivered results.”

In addition to receiving the endorsement of Fitzgerald, Jagler also received the endorsement of the conservative organization Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin (AFP-WI).

Promising to “leverage the full support of its grassroots,” AFP-WI said Jagler is “a fiscally responsible legislator who leads by principle and with the best interest of Wisconsin families in mind.”

“Through his consistent record of lowering the tax burden on hardworking Wisconsinites—to the tune of $13 billion in relief—to the importance he places on building a successful foundation for all of our students through educational opportunity and freedom, Rep. Jagler has earned the full support of our grassroots in his bid to represent State Senate district 13,” the AFP-WI endorsement said. “Our activists are excited to once again hit the ground running in support of a legislator dedicated to fiscal leadership and improving our great state by supporting John Jagler.”

Jagler has represented the 37th Assembly District for eight years. He is known for his advocacy for the disabled, especially the the Special Needs Scholarship Program which expanded school choice for students with disabilities.

In his announcement statement, Jagler said he was hoping to use the larger platform of the Senate to promote “common sense” ideas, especially when it comes to the impact of Covid-19. “The global pandemic has inflicted pain and confusion on far too many aspects of daily life,” said Jagler. “Helping our small businesses, essential workers and improving education for all students will be my priorities.”

Three other Republicans have registered with the state Ethics Commission to run in the 13th Senate district: Andrew Dickmann, a full time firefighter/paramedic in Dane County; Todd Menzel, a businessman, and Don Pridemore, a former member of the state Assembly.