Ryan, Johnson keep their positions


JOSEPH CANNING | joeysecondson@gmail.com

With the shocking results of the presidential election, the spotlight is on Donald Trump and the future implications of his presidency; however, the presidency was not the only position in government to be changed by this election cycle. The congressional election results will also have profound effects on the future of the United States. That being said, it is worth noting exactly how the Kenosha area’s representation in the national legislature has changed.

Kenosha’s congressman

Going into the election, four candidates were vying for the seat of the first Congressional District of Wisconsin, which includes Kenosha: Republican Paul Ryan, Democrat Ryan Solen, Libertarian Jason Lebeck, and self-proclaimed Trump Conservative Spencer Zimmerman. Paul Ryan retained his seat with 65 percent of the vote against Ryan Solen, his primary challenger, who received only 30 percent of the vote.

Paul Ryan’s resounding victory is no surprise considering the congressman’s history of re-election in the Kenosha area since 1999. Additionally, the politician gained widespread recognition and appeal among conservative voters after serving as former governor Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. Currently, Ryan is best known as the Speaker of the House and  is a prominent leader of the legislature. He is likely to retain this role in the future.

Ryan embodies conservative social views by being an outspoken pro-life activist, defender of gun ownership rights, and opposer of same-sex marriage. On the subject of economics, the congressman has most often emphasized the reduction of the national deficit and the privatization of government-run programs like Social Security, but has occasionally favored increases in spending and government bailouts.

Ryan and Trump

While the two politicians share many priorities, Ryan has recently withdrawn his support for the now president-elect Donald Trump. Ryan sees Trump as too controversial of a figure and withdrew his support after the wave of sexual misconduct allegations against Trump in the final half of October this year. With Ryan very likely to continue serving as Speaker of the House, the future relationship between Congress and the President is uncertain, but conflict will surely arise between the opposing factions of Republican party that either support or disapprove of Trump.

Wisconsin’s senator

The race for one of Wisconsin’s senators was a more hotly contested race than the one for the House. Republican Ron Johnson, Democrat Russ Feingold, and Libertarian Phil Anderson competed for the position, with a victory predicted for Feingold over the other two candidates.

Ultimately, it was Johnson that won with 50 percent of the vote, just three percent more than Feingold. Anderson garnered the remaining three percent of the vote.

Johnson was first elected to the Senate in 2010 when he also defeated Feingold. In 2010, Johnson was viewed as a political newcomer and the most conservative option for the position. Still, in the most recent election, he is viewed as a fresh politician with a successful background as the CEO of PACUR, a plastics manufacturer. His background offers many of the same traits that made Trump so appealing to many voters.

The senator’s social views are in line with most Republicans, emphasizing on the right of gun ownership and disapproval of same-sex marriage. He believes abortion is morally wrong; however, he supports abortion in cases of rape or incest. On immigration, he sees the necessity of strong border controls to reduce drug related crime in the United States. Overall, the politician’s economic views are mixed. He has taken no action to defund Obamacare, as he believes such legislation would not pass, but he has implied that he does not approve of it. Johnson generally favors expanding businesses.     

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