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West Bend Teacher to Run Against Grothman for Senate Seat

Tanya Lohr, a teacher at West Bend High School who also helped lead the recall efforts against Sen. Glenn Grothman, will face off against him for the 20th District Seat.

Tanya Lohr, who has taught for 16 years at West Bend High School and is currently the chair of the Democratic Party of Washington County, has announced her candidacy for the 20th District Senate seat against incumbent Sen. Glenn Grothman.

Lohr is also a recent graduate of Emerge, a leadership training program for Democratic women interested in running for public office, according to a press release from the party. She is married to fellow teacher, Andy Kougl; their family also includes 6-year-old twins, as well as Kougl's two teenage daughters.

Lohr's candidacy comes on the heels of a — one that she was largely a part of organizing — as well as what has been coined a "war on women," as debates over contraception, equal pay and other issues have become highly politicized.

"I want to restore adequate funding for public education, respect for women, affordable family health care and strengthen our communities by empowering working people," said Lohr, who resides in the Town of West Bend. "The Republican agenda was imposed on Wisconsin working families and has polarized our state. It is time we corrected the imbalance."

Grothman was elected as senator in 2004, running unopposed, according to followthemoney.org. In 2008, he faced independent Clyde Winter, winning by a landslide with 80 percent of the vote. This means Lohr will be the first Democratic candidate he has faced since taking over the 20th District.

"I understand she's worked hard on campaigns in the past, I know she had a role in the recall … so  I anticipate this being a very difficult race," Grothman told Patch.

Grothman is facing re-election also smack dab in the middle of this "war on women," after spending weeks in the national spotlight because of his proposed Senate Bill 507, which considers .

Grothman proposed the bill in March, and you can read more about his stance in a newsletter he published regarding his belief that the breakdown of the family is America's biggest problem.

But Grothman sides with other Republican politicians, such as Sen. John McCain. R-Arizona, who called the war on women "imaginary," according to the Huffington Post.

"There is no war on women, and it shows the desperation of the Democratic candidates that they have to make something up rather than deal with the real issues," Grothman said.

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Made up or not, the idea that this attack on female rights may exist has some people wondering what influence that will have on the ballot list.

Columnists on The Washington Post wrote: "By our tally, 225 women ... have filed to run for the House of Representatives this election cycle, although 12 lost their primaries. Seventy more are considered candidates in states where filing is still ahead. That means we’re on track to beat the previous record of 262 female House candidates set in 2010."

Lohr was elected as the Washington County Democractic chair last fall. She is also the political action chair and a building representative for the West Bend Education Association.

Lohr is hoping the work she did to reach hundreds of volunteers during the recall efforts will be a boost for her campaign.

"We already have a committed volunteer corps who want to reverse the failed policies recently enacted by the GOP majorities and signed by Gov. Walker," Lohr said in a press release. 

Lohr was not immediately available for comment as she was preparing for a ceremony to announce her candidacy at the Democratic Party office in West Bend.

Greg April 27, 2012 at 09:54 PM
If you want to find her you gotta look under her married name, that must be the War on Women that she is talking about. First name Tanya Last name Kougl Year and session 2009/10 Highest degree Master's degree Salary $60,653 Fringe $7,566 Position title Teacher assign descript Social Studies (Fusion Course) Low grade served 09 High grade served 12 Bilingual code No Full time equivalency 100% Work site West Bend Sch Dist / West High County name Washington County Her Fringe is only $7566 because the school district paid $33,000+ to her husband for family coverage health benifits. Even then $68K isn't too bad.
$$andSense April 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM
And your point is what? Never mind the politics. Looks like women intimidate you. See a shrink about that.
$$andSense April 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Oh, I get it now. She is a teacher. How foolish of me to skip past that part. On the most hated list of public unions. Too bad she isn't a cop. You could look past that public union for the rah rah rally.
karen k April 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Looks like someone has an issue with an educated woman. I love all the low educated low life men coming out of the wood work.
dpatric2 April 28, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Hurrah for Tanya...I helped with the recall effort against Grossman...I mean Grothman. I knocked on almost every door in Cascade. I found at least 20 people who didn't even know Glenn "little rush limbaugh" Grothman! I had to explain to them he was their Senator!
$$andSense April 28, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Now, now ladies . Don't be so hard on Glenn. Just because he is a 50 something virgin with a law degree that lives with his momma doesn't mean he is all bad. Leave him to the cougars to break in his saddle.There is hope for everyone.
Greg April 28, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Pointing out that there is not a teacher by that name really got the cat's claws out. Meow www.
morninmist April 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thanks dpatric2. Hope she gets lots of help. http://republicansforahigherroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/republicans-against-senator-fitzgerald.html?m=1 ..............A growing number of Republicans tell me that the senator does not demonstrate that he cares about them or their families anymore and they are not going to vote for him on June 5th. They are saying that Lori Compas has their vote this time. Some are telling me that they like what Lori represents while other Republicans say that they just want to get the senator out and they will overlook that she is a Democrat. The bottom line, they will be voting for Lori Compas and not Senator Fitzgerald. When I ask them if they would ever consider staying home and not voting at all, they respond with such things as “not a chance!” In fact, some will go as far to say that they would vote for a monkey on the ballot if it meant getting the senator out of office. Lori Compas is their person and they are going to take it to the polls on June 5th. I will be there with them......
HappyPitbull April 29, 2012 at 04:47 AM
A Master's degree and she's only making $60K ? Do you think that's a lot of money for that level of education, and if so, are you out of your mind? She has to be doing that work because she loves it. I don't know why people begrudge that position the money they make, they earn every penny of it. I was making almost as much as that right after graduating from UW Madison with just a B.S. and my benefit package was better too. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with paying teachers a handsome wage, I wish they made more than they do. Education is the ONE thing that will advance our entire nation, as well as cure most of society's ills if we could do a better job of it.
Rik Kluessendorf April 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Happy Pitbull, $68k on a master's degree is darn near charity work? Is that what I am to read out of your post? What about the private sector attorneys (who had one more year of school for their professional degrees) who can't find jobs and are getting into mills making $35k? Or starting at the public defender's office for $40k? Or working as assistant District Attorneys for $40k? What about the MSW's who are battling each other for any job available, and cheering victory at a position earning them $45k (because a bachelor's degree without the master's is effectively a non-hire)? To what salary does a master's degree entitle you?
Earl April 29, 2012 at 05:25 PM
While, I do not believe Tanya has a chance, you could run Mother Theresa as a Democrat in the 20th senate district and she would lose, it will be an interesting race to watch. Good luck Tanya.
Terry April 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM
LOL... in all honesty, I don't really understand most of the posts on this one. Not really sure what the point Greg was trying to make, but the criticism of his post appears unfounded as well, as it seems to be little more than people assigning him motives not in evidence. Even though I would not vote for her, I would never be critical of anyone's decision to present themselves as a candidate for public office. It is a rough and brutal road, and if she thinks she has a better plan and can get the votes, then I wish her the best of luck. That being said, only the Land of Oz to the east is more decidedly republican than the seat she is running for, and her chances here are probably pretty slim. In other words, I respect here decision to run, but I wouldn't recommend her giving up her day job just yet.
Greg April 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
From Blue Cheddar: Megan on April 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm She was my global studies teacher, and she’s a living terror in the classroom. She is totally incapable of keeping politics out of the classroom. She cannot teach a single day without complaining about Scott Walker. If a student (like me) doesn’t particularly agree with her political opinions and she finds out about it, she’ll confront that student and yell and belittle them until they comply with her demands. Even then, she doesn’t treat you the same way. She can be very rude to people who don’t see things her way, especially students. She’s terribly biased in everything I’ve seen her do. It’s one thing to be passionate about something, but it’s in a whole new ballpark when it interferes with MY education. As I’m just a kid who isn’t old enough to vote, I can just state my opinion-I feel that she’s the last person to take on this position. Sounds like $60K may be a lot.
$$andSense May 01, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Uh, oh. Greg wasn't the teachers pet. Greg is way too young to know what dealing with "terror" nuns were all about. Note to Greg, never go on to higher eduacaion (ie college- most profs have attitudes and opinions) and never work for any one else (beacuse they will treat you however they want). Better figure out how to be self employed and bank robbing is not a future. That has been tried before. Got issues with mom and dad do you? Well, when you turn 18 the military can use your hide for whatever they want. But your angst can be allevieated with an M16 at the training range for a little while at least. A bit of advice if mom and dad haven't informed you. Never, I MEAN NEVER, put you trust in a politician to make your future. They will screw you every time. Walker, Doyle, McCallum, Thompson, Obama, Bush, democrat, repulbican, etc. etc. could care less about you.
Terry May 01, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Interesting that the patch has two stories that link to this same article. Different title, but same article. Error, or subtle endorsement of her candidacy?
Greg May 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Ah $$andSense, The glassy eyed teachers pet. Never had an assignment that was involved enough. Stood on the sidelines everyday in fear of tinkling your pants at the onset of an original thought. Don't worry, your mom thinks you are smart and no one will dance with you because they are jealous. The term pizza face was not invented just because of you and it is sad that you were burdened with braces before they were fashionable. What any of this has to do with anything? I don't know, but it sure is fun. Kinda like your screen name, it's $$ and Sense, because it sounds like cents. Oh how fun, your mom was right you are cool.
Nknzl September 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I had this horrid woman for a teacher when I was a freshman. She gave me and other students who weren't on sports teams a disadvantage. I Busted my butt in that class and failed and the following year when I had to retake it I passed with flying colors (as did the 6 other kids who had her the year before) I wouldn't vote for that nut case no matter what she stood for! I've had some really suck teachers in my life, but this woman was overwhelmingly worst teacher of my student career (preschool - collage grad)
Nknzl September 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I had her the first year she was at WBW...trust me she is a horrid teacher. Greg is 100% right, if you don't live your life the way she thinks you should, she gives you a hard time. 6 kids in my class as well as myself failed her class freshman year...all 7 of us the only ones in her class not on sports teams...all 7 of us passed the following year with different teachers.
morninmist September 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I had this wonderful intelligent woman for a teacher when I was a freshman. I was not in sports and did not notice any difference in how she treated kids who were not in sports. I worked hard in her class--excellence was expected and passed with flying colors. She encouraged all students to do their best and was one of the most influential teachers I ever had across my school years.
Nknzl September 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Funny...if I ever had a question about something in her class, she never seemed to have the time to help me. My freshman science teacher on the other hand was more than willing to stay after school to help me (I will admit it...I SUCK at science) He stayed after school day after day and took hours out of his time with his family to find a way that helped me understand the material in his class and I credit my passing earth science to him. If I didn't understand something in her class however, I was told to ask about it tomorrow or find someone else to help me, this was not a one time thing, this was EVERY time I asked for help so I would understand things better. My mother tried repeatedly to have a talk with her, and never once could she even be bothered to return a phone call to her. Yeah...she is a really great teacher.....
morninmist September 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
ha ha State Sen. Glenn Grothman Endorses Eric Hovde in U.S. Senate Race

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