MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - Republican Assembly members voted unanimously Tuesday to oust Majority Speaker Bill Kramer following sexual harassment allegations.
Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos commended his colleagues for their decision.
"When somebody makes a major mistake, an embarrassing, reprehensible action, we didn't sit around and let the person stay in their seat or have no repercussions. We took immediate action to say he can no longer represent our caucus," Vos said.
Assembly Republicans elected Rep. Pat Strachota, (R) West Bend, as the new Assembly Majority Leader. Strachota is Wisconsin's first female Majority Leader.
The sexual harassment allegations against Kramer came into light after a handful of lawmakers allegedly witnessed him sexually harass two women at a fundraiser in Washington D.C. last week.
Rep. Jim Steineke, (R) Kaukauna, witnessed the account. He said he saw Kramer inappropriately interact with two women during the event. After speaking with both women involved, he decided to report the incident.
"It's incredibly disappointing and it was something I knew that the minute it happened, we had to report it and get it reported to the Speaker so we had a record of it," Steineke told Local 5's Jenn Sullivan.
Kramer has checked into a treatment facility, according to lawmakers.