LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Representative Steve Doyle (D) wins a second term in the 94th assembly district with 60 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Bruce Evers' 40-percent.
Doyle won his first term just last year in a special election amid an extremely divisive political climate. However, the Democrat said he's already seeing reason to believe the state government can find common ground.
"I liked the idea, even though it seemed a little hokey, that the governor had the 'Beer and Brat Summit' where we got together and did a little socializing because if you start to get to know people as a human being instead of a 'person on the other side of the aisle'--that is not a personal connection," Doyle said. "Once we form that connection, we can work together better."
In just a little more than a year in office, Doyle's co-sponsored nearly 90 bills, half Democrat and half Republican. He said he hopes to resume that attitude of cooperation because there are a few issues he's expecting to tackle right away.
Doyle said, "The fact that we spend more on criminal justice and corrections in Wisconsin than we do on the university system is an issue that I think is right below the surface. I want to make sure people understand that there are some things we can do to save money and make our state safer."
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