Rep. Michael Sheridan (D-Janesville), Speaker of the State Assembly, just removed Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer (D-Manitowoc) from his position on the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Ziegelbauer was the chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
Apparently, Rep. Sheridan told Ziegelbauer that he was being removed for his vote on a pro-life amendment offered to the state budget back in June of this year. The amendment, offered by one of the Assembly’s staunchest pro-life legislators, Rep. Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade), would have prohibited the use of state Medicaid funds for 2nd and 3rd-trimester abortions. The amendment, of course, came about as a result of the Madison Surgery Center’s decision earlier this year to perform late, 2nd-trimester abortions.
During the budget debate, the pro-life amendment was ruled not germane and the GOP Assembly members appealed the ruling. Rep. Ziegelbauer and Rep. Peggy Krusick (D-Milwaukee) voted with the GOP to appeal the ruling. However, by one vote, the ruling was upheld and the amendment failed.
Rep. Ziegelbauer is standing by his vote: “I’ve always put the highest priority on representing the people of Manitowoc County and the people of my district ahead of blind party loyalty.”
We applaud Rep. Ziegelbauer’s commitment to life.