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Zipperer leaving Senate to join Walker's staff


Republican state Sen. Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee is leaving the Senate to join Gov. Scott Walker's administration as deputy chief of staff.

Walker announced the appointment on Wednesday. Zipperer will begin the new job on Aug. 6, leaving Republicans with just 15 members in the Senate. Democrats have 17.

The 38-year-old Zipperer was elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving two terms in the Assembly.

He replaces Ryan Murray who is moving into the No. 2 position at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Walker's spokesman Cullen Werwie says the governor plans to call a special election to replace Zipperer.

Walker also announced that Jocelyn Webster will serve as his communications director. She most recently worked as spokeswoman for the Department of Administration.


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