State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, has been named to the Legislature's powerful budget-writing committee by new Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz.

The move returns Taylor to the 16-member Joint Finance Committee, where she previously served.

It's part of a larger reshuffling of Assembly Democratic leadership that began last month, when Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, resigned as Assembly Democratic Leader following what one Assembly Democrat described as a "coup."

Days later, Hintz, D-Oshkosh, was elected to succeed Barca. That left a vacancy on the finance committee, where Hintz previously served.

Taylor also had been viewed as a possible successor to Barca. But shortly after Hintz announced his candidacy, Taylor voiced support for him.

In a statement Monday, Taylor said she's honored by the finance committee appointment.

"I will do everything I can on this committee to direct the people’s money to needed public investments in their communities, in their local economies, and in their families and children," Taylor said.

Taylor had served on the Joint Finance Committee until December, when Barca named Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, to replace her.

Shankland continues to serve on the committee, according to the release announcing Taylor's appointment.

Taylor, who has served since 2011, represents Assembly District 76, which covers Madison's isthmus and parts of its near east and near west sides.


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