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Zimmerman appointed to top legislative committee

Shannon Zimmerman

Rep. Shannon Zimmerman was tapped Wednesday to serve on the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

The River Falls Republican was appointed to the Joint Committee on Finance by John Nygren, the Assembly member who co-chairs the committee. The 16-member panel serves a key role in the legislative budget process by approving all state appropriations and revenues.

The process calls for the budget to be submitted by the governor, which for the first time since 2010 will be a Democrat after Tony Evers defeated Gov. Scott Walker.

"While we may not agree on everything, I'm looking forward to working with Gov. Evers," Zimmerman said in a news release. "As a self-made businessman, I've made deals with people around the world, and I know that my Republican colleagues and I will work to find common ground on what's best for western Wisconsin and the state as a whole."

Zimmerman's addition returns a member from the St. Croix-Pierce county region after former Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, was appointed to serve in Gov. Scott Walker's Cabinet. Former Hudson Assembly members Kitty Rhoades and Dean Knudson have also served on Joint Finance.

"The biggest news here is that western Wisconsin once again has a seat at the table," Zimmerman said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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