KIARA FOX | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Nov. 11, 2017 the UW-Parkside College Republicans hosted a state senator on campus for an event called Pizza & Politics. The event, designed to allow students to become more involved with the political process and interact with a candidate, featured State Senator Leah Vukmir. Her visit to campus opened the door for students to voice their concerns about–or to show their appreciation for–the current government rules and regulations.
There was pizza and politics, but mostly politics
Vukmir opened up the event by introducing herself and explaining her background. She talked about school, homelife and how she got started as a politician. She explained that she is conservative in her ideas about how the country should be governed.
Vukmir spoke briefly about her opponent, Senator Tammy Baldwin. She brought up the current advertisement which blames Baldwin for the death of three veterans and the fact that no publicly elected official should be involved in a scandal. Vukmir kept it simple and this was the only thing that was mentioned about Tammy.
One of Vukmir’s main topics of discussion was about healthcare. Vukmir strongly believes that Obamacare should be repealed and also wants to see improvements to mental health issues.
A question and answer session ended Vukmir’s visit to campus. One student asked about her thoughts about gun control. Vukmir responded in saying that she believes in the second amendment of the right to keep and bear arms.
Planned Parenthood also came up as a topic of discussion. Vukmir voted to defund Planned Parenthood because of the fact that they support abortions.
Leah Vukmir is a mother of two and was born in Milwaukee. She attended Marquette University to obtain her Bachelors of Science in nursing and then went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to receive a Master’s of Science in nursing. She is a registered nurse and a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner with many years of experience.
Vukmir was first elected in the Wisconsin State Assembly in November of 2002 after Scott Walker was elected as Milwaukee County Executive. She has served as a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Health and Health Care Reform and was also a member of committees on public health, education reform, education and criminal justice. Vukmir is on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Vukmir has been re-elected in the Wisconsin State Assembly three times, and in 2010 she was elected into The Wisconsin State Senate. She was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2014.
Vukmir’s presence on campus allowed students to get an inside look at the world of politics, motivating them to become more involved in the future. The forum was relaxed and informative and featured free pizza, which is always a crowd pleaser.