John Jagler

Watertown’s John Jagler is sworn into his new office in the 13th State Senate District, with his daughter Grace assisting. Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack administers the oath.

Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order on Tuesday calling a special election for the 37th Assembly District, to fill the vacancy created by the election of State Senator John Jagler (R-Watertown) to the 13th Senate District.

Evers ordered the special election to be held on July 13, 2021. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on June 15, 2021.

Announced candidates for the seat include Republicans Nick Krueger, William Penterman, Nathan Pollnow, Cathy Houchin, Steve Kauffeld, Jennifer Meinhardt, and independent Stephen W. Ratzlaff.

Circulation of nomination papers for candidates began as of the signing, and must be filed by 5 p.m. on May 18, 2021.

On Tuesday Jagler announced his senate appointments, named the Chair of the Senate Committee on Housing, Commerce and Trade.

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) also named Jagler Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Revenue.

“I’m incredibly excited to welcome John Jagler to the Wisconsin State Senate,” LeMahieu said. “John’s experience and reform-minded record of service in the Assembly will be a tremendous asset to the Senate Republican Caucus as we grow our strong majority to 21 seats.”

In addition, Jagler was appointed to the Senate Committee on Education, the Senate Committee Insurance, Licensing and Forestry and the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Small Business and Rural Issues.

“I’m very pleased with the committees I have been assigned to and I look forward to tackling the issues presented to them,” Jagler said.

“My staff and I have already hit the ground running and we look forward to serving the people of the 13th Senate District.

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