Fences mended, Cullen will stay with Senate Democratic Caucus
Post by Emily Mills on 7/27/2012 3:04pm
Sen. Tim Cullen will stay with the Democratic Caucus after all, according to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller.
The announcement came on Friday, just four days after the Janesville Democrat said that he would no longer caucus with the party and was considering become an Independent over his unhappiness with Millers' initial committee appointment offers.
At a press conference Friday afternoon different chairmanships were unveiled for Cullen, who will now lead two to-be-created committees on small business and venture capital, as well as mining. He will also co-chair the health and transportation committees. The new committees were the idea of Sen. Jessica King.
Cullen said that he was "very, very pleased" with the appointments.
Miller noted that he shares part of the responsibility for Cullen leaving the caucus earlier this week: "I'm still new at this job" as Majority Leader, he said. Pressure for him to remain with the party, however, came from both fellow senators and constituents in the Janesville area.
Cullen said the new mining committee would be a chance to bring everyone together to work on developing more mines in the state.
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