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WPPI Energy Policy Updates

Wisconsin 

Democrat Tony Evers unseated incumbent Republican Scott Walker by a 1.1% margin on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and he will assume the office in Jan. 2019. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin defeated GOP challenger Sen. Leah Vukmir by an 11-point margin and Democrats won all other statewide contests for Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State. 

Governor-elect Evers focused primarily on education, health care and infrastructure during his campaign, but indicated strong support for renewable energy, energy independence and affordable electricity.

Michigan 

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican Bill Schuette by a 10-point margin in Michigan’s gubernatorial election and will become the next state governor in Jan. 2019. Current GOP Gov. Rick Snyder was term-limited and could not run. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow defeated GOP challenger John James by a 6-point margin. 

Governor-elect Whitmer has indicated that she is committed to entering Michigan into the U.S. Climate Alliance. She campaigned on infrastructure, health care and clean water, and is a strong supporter of carbon emission reduction and implementing safeguards to ensure clean air and water for everyone in Michigan.

Iowa 

Incumbent Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds won re-election, beating Democrat Fred Hubbell 50-48. She was Lt. Governor before former Gov. Terry Branstad was appointed Ambassador to China in 2017, and becomes the first woman to be elected Governor in Iowa’s history. Gov. Reynolds’ energy policy priorities include expanding natural gas and biomass, and maintaining Iowa’s place as a national leader on renewable energy and biofuels. 

In Iowa’s first congressional district, Democrat Abby Finkenauer defeated Republican incumbent Rod Blum to be the Representative-Elect. Together with Cindy Axne, they became the first women from Iowa elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. 

Finkenauer will represent all three WPPI Energy Iowa members in Washington, D.C. Finkenauer has stated she will be a voice for common sense policies that protect both air and water.

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