State Senator Lena Taylor expressed disappointment she was not reappointed to the Legislative Joint Finance Committee by the Senate Democratic leadership.
But the disappointment, she said, was not for herself. She said, in a statement, the African American and other minority communities are the poorer because they do not have any representation on what is the most important and powerful committee in the legislature, deciding almost every important decision affecting the whole state.
“Long have Senate Democrats recognized the crucial needs of minorities and the overwhelming political support they have received from those communities,” said Taylor, who served on the committee for eight years.
The 4th District senator, who represents a majority African American district, noted since 1983, Senate Democrats have maintained the presence of an African American legislator on that committee.
“My pledge is to continue to represent the hard working men and women of my district that are still waiting on the promises that equality should bring them–an education that actually educates, a right to vote that is not impeded, a health care system that heals, and a government which favors the needs of the least of these among us.”
A joint election night party in Milwaukee will be hosted by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Senator Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic Parties of Milwaukee County & Wisconsin and the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin for Senate. The free event will be at the Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave, in downtown Milwaukee. Doors will open to the Regency Ballroom for attendees at 8:15 p.m.