CHIPPEWA FALLS (PRESS RELEASE)--Pat Kreitlow announced Monday his candidacy to represent Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kreitlow intends to challenge first-year incumbent Sean Duffy.
"I started exploring the possibility of a Congressional campaign after the new Republican majority began to show it had no interest in keeping its promise to focus on job creation and economic recovery back home" said Kreitlow. "The last straw for me was Sean Duffy's vote to blow up Medicare, a promise we make to every middle class American that says decades of hard work will be rewarded with a retirement filled with the chance to stay healthy. Instead, he wants to give seniors a lame coupon and a shove back into the health insurance shark tank, even as he gives billionaires another tax cut. This is no time for a congressman to be so severely disconnected to what northwest Wisconsin needs from our representative to Washington."
Kreitlow continued, "Just as my former State Senate colleagues took the lead in standing up to the anti-worker agenda of Scott Walker in Madison, I'm ready to fight on the Washington front to turn back this new war on the middle class."
As a state senator from the 23rd District from 2007-2011, Kreitlow authored sweeping campaign finance reform legislation, helped close corporate tax loopholes so that taxpayer dollars could be used for specific job creation projects, expanded health care coverage to Wisconsin families who lost their jobs, championed job creation in new energy industries like renewable fuels, and recently won statewide recognition for making it easier for public employees to blow the whistle on abuse of tax dollars.
Kreitlow, 46, graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1986 (B.A.-Journalism). He was a decade-long presence in western Wisconsin media, most notably as 6:00pm and 10:00pm news anchor at WEAU-TV, before being elected to the State Senate in 2006. He and his wife Sharry have two adult daughters and a grandson.