I’m back at my desk after the fundraiser for State Representative Matthew Wollmann this evening in Madison. It gave me a good excuse to pop by and grab my daughter from DSU to drag her along, and it was well worth the time. It was a nice event, with a good crowd.
And it ended up being “old home week,” with a lot of familiar faces; House Majority Leader Brian Gosch was there and spoke to the group about Representative Wollmann’s work. We also had House Majority Whip Kris Langer in attendance, and Representative Les Heinemann who was there to support his running mate.
In addition to current elected officials had a chance to see old friends as well, such as former State Senator Russ Olson, and LAIC Executive Director Julie Gross who was there with her husband. I also had the chance to chat with Erin Schoenbeck who popped in for a bit.
Jason Ravnsborg was also there, and he apparently has an army of clones because he is at every event imaginable supporting the elephant!
When it came to be his time to talk, State Representative Wollmann gave a nice presentation about his work in Pierre over the past year, as well as briefly touching on his plans for this next session, including an introduction to a neat piece of technology he’s using to track his legislative efforts.
It showed that among House members, he had the second highest success rate this past year in passing his legislation which included the revision of the definition of a veteran to include those serving in the National Guard, as a result of the Guard’s use in modern conflicts.
As noted, it was a nice event, with lots of his hometown friends and supporters who were there to help usher him into the start of a successful legislative session, and 2016 legislative campaign just beyond that.