MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are scheduled to vote on a new majority leader to replace Scott Suder, who left office on Tuesday to take a job with Gov. Scott Walker's administration.
The majority leader position is second in power only to the speaker. The job involves scheduling bills and directing action during debate.
Both Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer, of Waukesha, and Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, are vying for the post.
Assembly Republicans were meeting Wednesday to vote.
Kramer has to give up his position presiding over the Assembly in order to run for majority leader. Rep. Tyler August, of Lake Geneva, is running unopposed for that position. Rep. Andre Jacque, of DePere, dropped out on Tuesday.