State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, was sworn in Tuesday for her second term to represent the 70th Assembly District in the 103rd session of the Wisconsin State Legislature.

In the 20-2018 Legislative Session, Rep. VanderMeer will take on a new role as chair of the Committee on Rural Development and Mining and continue to serve as vice chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. In addition, Rep. VanderMeer will serve on the Agriculture Committee, the Consumer Protection Committee, the Mental Health Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Small Business Development Committee.

“I eagerly look forward to the upcoming legislative session,” VanderMeer said. “In my new role as chair of the Committee on Rural Development and Mining, we will strive to focus on rural economic development by helping to create more opportunities for the rural areas of our state, which is vital for the 70th district.

“I’m especially proud to continue my work as vice chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee to champion those that have made tremendous sacrifices for the freedoms we afford. I am committed ... I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address issues related to rural development and our veterans.”

She said other priorities include addressing physician shortages and increasing access to rural healthcare, protecting the elderly, increasing access to mental health care, combating prescription drug abuse and addiction, easing access to employment for military veterans and finding ways to help public schools.

VanderMeer represents parts of Monroe, Jackson, Wood and Portage counties. She won re-election last November with 64 percent of the vote.


Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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