Sheila Harsdorf appointed to Senate committees

MADISON — State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has been reappointed to the State Legislature’s budget-writing committee as part of committee appointments recently announced by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The committee assignments were made as the Legislature prepares for the upcoming two-year legislative session that began January 3rd with the inauguration of newly elected State Senators and State Representatives.

“I look forward to continuing our progress in returning fiscal responsibility to state government and encouraging job growth and economic development,” said Harsdorf. “I am pleased to be reappointed to the budget-writing committee and to provide a voice for Northwestern Wisconsin as we deliberate and act on the state budget.”

Senator Harsdorf will also continue to lead on higher education issues as chair of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges. The 10th Senate District includes UW-River Falls and UW-Stout, as well as campuses for both the Wisconsin Indianhead and Chippewa Valley Technical Colleges.

“One of the top concerns raised by small businesses and job creators in our area is the need for skilled workers,” said Harsdorf. “As chair of the Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, I look forward to ongoing input from employers on preparing our state’s workforce, as well as addressing the affordability and accessibility of our two and four year campuses for students.”

Harsdorf was also appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism and the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations.

“Small businesses, agriculture, and tourism are vital economic drivers in our region,” Harsdorf continued. “Given the need to focus on policies that encourage job growth and opportunity, I am pleased with these committee assignments that will enable me to focus on addressing the needs and challenges of our communities and rural areas.”

Harsdorf was also tapped to co-chair the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology and serves as the State Senate’s commissioner for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.