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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Farrow wins state Senate seat

GOP state Rep. Paul Farrow said he was confident going into Tuesday's vote for the open 33rd Senate seat since he was unopposed on the ballot. But after the last two years of Wisconsin politics, he said nothing would have surprised him.

Turns out, he didn't have much to worry about.

Farrow won 6,853 of the 7,034 votes cast, according to unofficial returns posted at the Waukesha County Clerk's website Tuesday night. He replaces fellow Republican Rich Zipperer, who resigned earlier this year to join the guv's administration.

Farrow, whose mother Margaret held the Senate seat before becoming lt. guv a decade ago, was already appointed chair of the Senate's Government Operations, Public Works and Telecommunications Committee ahead of Tuesday's vote.

The Pewaukee Republican said some of his priorities include more telcom reforms as well as addressing something that came up in the wake of the hurricane that slammed the East Coast. Farrow said under Wisconsin law, those coming in from out of state to help out in a disaster are required to file payroll taxes and pay any professional license fees that might be required. He wants to exempt them if they come into the state for 60 days or less.

Between the two GOP caucuses this session, the Assembly was seen as the more conservative one, and Farrow will be joined in the Senate by fellow GOP Rep. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst along with Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac. Farrow said they will provide a fresh voice in the Senate and likely a more conservative one.
 
"That’s one of the things we need to continue to look at when is it the right vote not to get re-elected, but it’s the right vote for Wisconsin that we need to take?" Farrow said.
 
 -- By JR Ross


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