Joel Kleefisch

The state Assembly District 38 race was won Tuesday by Oconomowoc-based Republican incumbent Joel Kleefisch, who defeated Scott Martin Michalak of Waterloo. The vote totals were 20,708 for Kleefisch and 12,287, overall for Michalak.

In Jefferson County, Kleefisch received 6,438 votes to 4,342 for Michalak.

Kleefisch, 45, is married to wife, Rebecca Kleefisch, who currently serves as the state's lieutenant governor. The couple have two daughters, Ella Rose, 13, and Violet, 10.

Kleefisch's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in 1993 and graduate studies at Marquette. He may be familiar to some in the area for the time he served as a WISN TV news reporter from 1994-2002 in Milwaukee. Kleefisch has been state representative for the past 12 years and is just finishing his sixth term.

This morning, he said he looks forward to further service to his constituents and said he was overwhelmed by the support he was shown in the election.

"This support shows me the folks in the 38th Assembly District want me to continue on the course we have been taking," Kleefisch said today.

He noted his goals as he continues his work at the state level will be to continue to aggressively address the heroin issue in the state.

"We are holding another coalition meeting to combat heroin later this week and these meetings are ongoing," Kleefisch said. "We are preparing legislation to be introduced at the beginning of the session and it will be something that will put political correctness aside. We will give authorities the tools they need to catch the monsters who are getting the heroin from the streets to the kids."

Kleefisch said he will be talking more with the public about how he will be combatting heroin in the coming months.

"We will talk more about that when we have the language finalized," he said. "We will have more access to allow police to ferret out the passageways the heroin is getting into the kids' hands. It will be groundbreaking and controversial legislation. We have to set comfort aside. We are crafting this based on what educators and law enforcement say they need to get to the problem. It will be an extremely aggressive and progressive approach to find out where it's coming from and where it's going."

Kleefisch said he felt the campaign was basically a clean one.

"I will say we stuck firmly to the issues and the policies, and our record of working across the aisle to get things done," he said.

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