- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Former Republican state Sen. Joe Leibham has been hired by the Wisconsin chamber of commerce to lobby the Legislature on right to work.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce announced Thursday that Leibham was hired to push for the Legislature to pass a right-to-work law. Leibham, of Sheboygan, lost in a Republican primary last year for Congress.

Passing a right-to-work law is a priority for WMC and Republican leaders in the Legislature. Gov. Scott Walker is a longtime supporter, but he has urged lawmakers not to take it up before his state budget is passed later this spring.

WMC lobbyist Scott Manley calls Leibham a “consensus builder who will help foster a meaningful discussion about the positive benefits” of passing a right-to-work law.

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