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Madison Journal: Marklein, Tranel, Novak sworn in
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Southwest Wisconsin’s three state legislators were sworn in to the 102nd session of the Legislature Monday.

•    Sen. Howard Marklein (R–Spring Green) was sworn into office representing the 17th Senate District.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve my constituents in the 17th senate district,” said Marklein. “My background as a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner will bring a new perspective to the state Senate. I am excited to start working with my colleagues on ways we can make Wisconsin a better place to work and live.

Marklein is serving on the Joint Finance Committee and as chairman of the Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee. He was also appointed to the Transportation and Veterans Affairs Committee, the Labor and Government Reform Committee, and the Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems.

“I am excited to use my skillset to address revenue, financial institutions, and rural issues,” said Marklein. “My communities in Southwest Wisconsin are affected by these issues every day and I am looking forward to being able to address them.”

Marklein’s office is located in 8 South and he can be reached at (608) 266-0703.

•    Rep. Travis Tranel began his third term representing the 49th Assembly District.

Tranel is committed to improving Wisconsin’s business climate, reforming government, lowering the tax burden, and supporting rural schools.

“The communities of Southwestern Wisconsin are my top priority,” said Tranel. “I will return to Madison to continue my commitment to grow Wisconsin’s economy and help workers get the training they need for today’s workforce.”

Tranel is the chair of the Assembly Tourism Committee this session. He is also a member of the Agriculture, Colleges and Universities, Energy and Utilities, Insurance, and Small Business Development committees.

“I am ready to begin this session and work with my legislative colleagues to better our great state,” said Tranel. “Southwest Wisconsin is fortunate to have a strong team of legislators, including Rep. Lee Nerison, Rep. Ed Brooks, Rep. Todd Novak, and Sen. Howard Marklein.”

Tranel’s office is located at 308 North.  He can be reached at (608) 266-1170 or by email at Rep.Tranel@

•    Rep. Todd Novak (R–Dodgeville) was sworn in to represent the 51st Assembly District.

“I am eager to work on behalf of my friends and neighbors and put people before politics as I have promised,” said Novak.

Novak is one of 63 Republicans in the 102nd Assembly, the largest GOP majority in more than 50 years. He is the vice chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture. Novak also is a member of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Mental Health, Mining and Rural Development, Urban and Local Affairs, and Ways and Means committees.

“My experience in local government will benefit me greatly in my committee work,” said Novak. “We have important issues to tackle and I look forward to making a difference in my district and the state of Wisconsin.”

Novak recently retired from his position as associate editor of the Dodgeville Chronicle and is the mayor of Dodgeville.

His office is located at 304 North in the Capitol. Novak can be contacted by phone at (608) 266-7502 or by email at