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Advocacy Day Legislative Panel Confirmed

Registrations surpass 500 with four weeks to go

March 19, 2019

With still four weeks before Advocacy Day, registrations have already topped 500 with more coming in every day! Attendees at Advocacy Day will hear from a great lineup of speakers, including the always insightful (and often very entertaining) bipartisan legislative panel discussion. This year, attendees will hear about important state budget and health care issues from the following confirmed legislative panelists:

State Representative Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Goyke represents the 18th Assembly District. Goyke also serves on the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. He was first elected to the State Assembly in 2012. Given he is a former state public defender, Goyke serves on the state Legislature’s Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties.  

State Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee)
Sen. Johnson represents the 6th Senate District, and also serves on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. Johnson was first elected to the State Assembly in 2012 and reelected in 2014. In 2016, Johnson was elected to the State Senate.  

State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green)
Sen. Marklein represents the 17th Senate District. Marklein serves on the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, which is currently debating the state’s biennial budget bill. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2010. After two terms in the Assembly, Marklein ran and was elected to the State Senate in 2014. He has also served as the State Senate’s President Pro Tempore since 2017. At Advocacy Day last year, Marklein received WHA’s Health Care Advocate Award, a recognition given to a legislator who exemplifies leadership in advancing public policy that strengthens access to high-quality health care in Wisconsin.

State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette)
Rep. Nygren represents the 89th Assembly District. Nygren was first appointed to the Joint Finance Committee in 2011 and is now in his fourth session as Co-Chair of the Committee—the longest serving Assembly Co-Chair in state history. He was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and has been reelected ever since. Nygren was awarded WHA’s Health Care Advocate Award at Advocacy Day in 2015.  

Advocacy Day attendees will also hear from morning keynote former Governor Tommy G. Thompson, as well as luncheon keynote Governor Tony Evers (invited).

Advocacy Day takes place April 17 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. There is still time to register for this important event and go on the all-important legislative appointments in the afternoon. By going on legislative visits, you’ll join more than 600 attendees who will take the hospital message to the halls of the state Capitol on important health care issues.

If you have yet to register yourself or your hospital contingent, please do so today. A complete program and online registration are available.

For Advocacy Day questions, contact Kari Hofer at 608-268-1816.

This story originally appeared in the March 19, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter