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Vos named state Assembly speaker

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) will be the new Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly next year.

The Assembly Republican Caucus approved Rep. Vos as Speaker on a unanimous voice vote Tuesday afternoon.

Rep. Vos replaces Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), who will step down at the end of the year after giving up his seat to run for U.S. Senate.

Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) was selected to remain as Assembly Majority Leader.

Meanwhile, caucus members paid tribute to Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake), who lost re-election in the 75th Assembly District to Democrat Stephen Smith.

Rep. Rivard faced controversy after his remarks that "some girls rape so easy," came to light in a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story in October.

Rep. Rivard, who fought back tears, told members that the last two weeks have been very hard on his family.

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