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A look at Sen. Galloway's brief, whirlwind career

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Pam Galloway served a brief, but whirlwind career as State Senator. Galloway was elected in November of 2010, serving only 14 months.

From the beginning, Pam Galloway's political career was caught in the middle of party politics.

Jeff Johnson, Marathon Co. Democratic Party Chair said her time as senator was "brief, but from our point of view in the Democratic party, very damaging to the Wisconsin way of life."

But Marathon County Republican leaders say Galloway's contributions were significant.

Bruce Trueblood, Marathon County Republican Party Chair, said, "I think her time in office was very good for the citizens of her district. I think she reinforced the rights we have been promised in the constitution, both federal and the state. I think she worked for the betterment of her district."

The Republican lawmaker may be best known for her contribution to the new conceal carry law, a bill she helped write.

 "I think that just fits into her overall idea of personal freedom, of individual responsibility, individual freedom," said Trueblood.

Galloway also played in a role in the state's controversial collective bargaining law and budget reforms. Her support of these changes ultimately led to a campaign to recall her from office. 

"It is again a matter of individual responsibility, individual freedom," said Trueblood. "Through the collective bargaining process individual school districts have been given the freedom to address their local issues at a local level."
 
But Johnson disagrees with the Republican party's assessment of Galloway's tenure.

"It was a very polarizing agenda and really put people on one side of the fence or the other," he said. 

Online Reporter: Nate Barrett

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