State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Last week, state government lost a man that was at the Capitol everyday and always eager to say hello and share conversation about Capitol activity. Dick Wheeler, publisher of the political reporting website TheWheelerReport.com, passed away suddenly Friday.
A memorial service was held this afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda. About 400 current and retired legislators and staff from both parties, members of the media and other dignitaries were on hand for the service. It was standing room only for a final farewell and eulogies by Senator Fred Risser, Senator Mike Ellis and Dick's daughter Gwyn Guenther.
We will all miss Dick, a tough and thorough reporter that covered the Capitol for 39 years.