JANESVILLE - Former State Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville has become Chair of the State Governing Board of Common Cause in Wisconsin.
Common Cause in Wisconsin, founded in 1972, is the state's largest non-partisan citizens political reform organization with more than 6,000 members and activists throughout the state. Bill Kraus, a former Republican strategist and advisor to Governors Lee Dreyfuss and Warren Knowles, was most recently chair of the governing board.
Cullen, a Democrat, served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1975 to 1987 (Majority Leader, 1982-87) and then again from 2011-2015. He also served as the Wisconsin Secretary of Health and Family Services from 1987-88 after being appointed by Republican Governor Tommy Thompson. He currently co-chairs the Wisconsin Fair Elections Project with former Republican State Senator Dale Schultz.
"This is a dark and deeply troubling period in Wisconsin's long, proud history with the power of organized, outside special interest and millionaire money never greater, voter suppression never more evident, and hyper-partisan gerrymandering of our state legislative districts never more deliberate," Cullen said. "We are re-committing our reform work to unite Wisconsinites of all political views towards the re-establishment of open, accountable and transparent state government and clean politics, and to rebuilding a state where the concerns of real citizens trump the power of monied interests and vicious, polarizing partisanship. Wisconsin was, not long ago, a model that every other state wanted to emulate. No longer. We need to get back there," Cullen added.