- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Seventeen Wisconsin state senators have taken the oath of office for a four-year term.

The senators, including seven who are new to the Senate, were sworn into office Monday by Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler. A similar ceremony was held in the Assembly. Gov. Scott Walker and constitutional officers were sworn in earlier Monday.

Republicans hold an 18-14 majority in the Senate with one vacant seat in a Republican district. There are seven new senators this session. Five of them are Republicans and two are Democrats.

Sen. Mary Lazich is beginning her term as president of the Senate, marking the first time that a woman has held the position presiding over the daily session.

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald returns as Republican majority leader. Sen. Jennifer Shilling is Democratic leader.

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