Metro Wire Staff
Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) took the oath of office at the State Capitol on Monday, officially beginning his second term.
Testin, who is returning as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, is assuming a new role as President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
“While our state and nation face numerous challenges, I believe in our ability as Americans to overcome,” Testin in an email statement. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue serving, getting results for my neighbors in Central and Western Wisconsin, and finding solutions that move us forward.”
Following the inaugural ceremonies, Testin joined other Republican legislators to pass a resolution that would re-open the State Capitol to the public.
“It’s important that the public have access to their government,” Testin said. “It’s important to me that the people have access once again to their Capitol.”
Gov. Tony Evers ordered the Capitol closed on March 26, 2020. Public access has been limited ever since.
Testin assumed his office in 2017 and won re-election for the 24th Senate District last November, beating challenger Paul Piotrowski by a vote of 53,720 to 41,419.
Testin lives in Hull with his wife Hannah.