Former Sen. Leibham Joins WMC Lobbying Team

Right to Work Passage Critical to State’s Business Climate

MADISON – Former State Senator Joe Leibham of Sheboygan has joined the lobbying team of WMC, the state’s chamber of commerce, to promote passage of Right to Work legislation.

“We are very grateful to have Joe on our team as Right to Work legislation is coming up for a vote in the Senate, where he played a leading role as a member of the Joint Finance Committee and was a stalwart advocate for job creation,” said WMC President/CEO Kurt R. Bauer.

Leibham represented the Sheboygan and Manitowoc areas in the Senate from 2002 until 2014. He served in the Assembly from 1998 until 2002. In the Senate, he served as Senate President Pro Tempore, Republican caucus chairman and assistant majority leader. He currently is a public affairs director at Foley & Lardner, a national law firm.

“Joe is a consensus builder who will help foster a meaningful discussion about the positive benefits of Right to Work in the Senate and throughout the entire Legislature,” said Scott Manley, WMC Vice President of Government Relations.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has said the Wisconsin Senate will vote on Right to Work, and the legislation got a boost as former Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) recently won a primary to fill a vacant Senate seat. Stroebel is a strong supporter of Right to Work.

Right to Work legislation would prohibit the firing of workers who decline to join a union or pay dues. Current law requires employees to pay union dues if one exists in the workplace.

WMC supports Right to Work legislation because it will help Wisconsin compete for new jobs and for business expansions. Research has found that Right to Work states have seen more job creation and wage growth than closed shop states.

For more information on Right to Work go to\freedom.

Scott Manley, (608) 258-3400