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Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, a 28-year-old Wisconsin native, was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan last month. At his memorial service in Brookfield, Wisconsin, his father and pastor read something Matthew wrote ten years ago, a list of "all the little things" that make life sweeter. In effect, 10 rules to live by. It shows striking maturity, especially for a young man still in his teens when he and his best friend wrote the rules.

1. Never grow up.

2. Learn.

3. Never have any regrets.

4. Live for the moment.

5. Do what you love.

6. Pursue with a passion.

7. Never settle.

8. Always take time to listen and to talk.

9. Keep a positive attitude.

10. I need God and will live for him

The Joseph Project - WI is an effort inspired by Robert L. Woodson Sr.’s book, “The Triumphs of Joseph,” about community-based initiatives. Churches host week-long class sessions to teach job-seekers the “soft skills” that help them in job interviews and in their beginning steps on the career ladder. Sen. Johnson has played a pivotal role alongside the church’s pastor, Jerome Smith, in facilitating the effort since it began in September 2015.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade deal involving the United States and 11 other countries, involving about 40% of the world’s markets. It’s meant to encourage trade, which is important for agricultural and manufacturing in Wisconsin, where we import and export in roughly equal measure and we rely on having the world’s markets open to our products.

But is the TPP a good deal? That’s much more difficult to say. It’s more than 6,000 pages long and has 30 chapters before you reach the “annexes” and “related instruments.” You can read it all here.
Senator Johnson enjoys traveling Wisconsin to hear first-hand from constituents. He has visited all 72 counties. Follow the link to view some of the videos from recent visits or to learn more about what Senator Johnson is doing in your county.

 Past Events

 Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

What:  A&E Tools
Time:  11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
Location: 5501 21 st St., Racine

 Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

What: Saris Cycling
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: 5253 Verona Rd., Fitchburg


What: Automation Components, Inc.
Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: 2315 N. Parview Road, Middleton


 Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

What: Madison-Kipp Corp. visit
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: 201 Waubesa St., Madison



What: TLX Technologies visit
Time: noon – 1:15 p.m.
Location: N27 W23727 Paul Road, Pewaukee


What: Miro Tool & Mfg. Inc. visit
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.  
Location: 201 Sentry Drive, Waukesha


What: Acieta LLC visit
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: N27 W23750 Paul Road, Pewaukee


Events subject to change.

"I have repeatedly stated that I believe President Obama lost the negotiation with Iran before it ever began.  By acknowledging Iran’s right to enrich uranium instead of demanding the dismantling of its enrichment program, and also by lifting some of the sanctions, he gave away almost all the leverage we had to negotiate a good deal.   The Iranians accurately assessed the administration's weakness and took full advantage of it. 

"The result is a deal that will allow tens of billions – and, over time, hundreds of billions – of dollars to flow into Iran, strengthening the economy and military of the largest state sponsor of terrorism.  The anytime, anywhere inspection regime that we were assured would provide the verification and accountability that such a deal requires instead gave way to secret side deals with the IAEA that reportedly allow Iran basically to inspect itself. 

"As a result, I believe that rather than preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the deal sets Iran on a path to eventually developing a nuclear weapon.  If that isn't bad enough, the deal also lifts the arms embargo and the embargo on ballistic missile technology, without requiring any improvement in Iran's behavior, but based on the passage of time alone. 

"The choice is not between this deal and war.  The choice should have been – and should be – between this deal and a better deal obtained by increasing sanctions until Iran finally comes to the negotiating table willing to dismantle its nuclear program and end its sponsorship of terrorism.  Until that time, Iran should remain isolated and kept as weak as possible to minimize the harm it can do to the region and the world, and the U.S. must maintain the military capability and credible threat to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

"I will vote to disapprove this awful and dangerous agreement."


Friday, Sept.4, 2015

What: Public Town Hall in Richland Center
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Richland Center City Hall, 450 S. Main St., Richland Center

What: Public Town Hall in Baraboo
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Baraboo Municipal Building, 135 4th St., Baraboo

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

What: Chips Burgers
Time: 11:15 a.m. - noon
Location: 1203 E. 3rd St., Merrill

What: Public Town Hall in Prentice
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Prentice Village Hall, 403 Center St., Prentice

What: Public Town Hall in Chetek
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Chetek City Hall, 220 Stout St., Chetek

What: Public Town Hall in St. Croix
Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: 401 N. Hamilton St., St. Croix

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

What: Florence County Fair
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: 5505 County Highway N., Florence

What: Public Town Hall in Crandon
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hotel Crandon Restaurant and Bar, 200 N. Lake Ave., Crandon

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

What: Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Location: 500 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland

What: ATF (ASYST) Technologies
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 5811 99th Ave., Kenosha

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

What: Farm Technology Days
Time: 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
Location: 5966 Town Hall Drive, Sun Prairie
Note: Sen. Johnson will meet and speak with visitors and exhibitors at this agricultural event.

What: TASCET Inc.
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  
Location: 1 S. Pinckney St., Madison
Note: Sen. Johnson will hear from company members about achieving recognition of Tribal ID cards.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

What: Menominee Tribal Enterprises Mill and Forestry Tour
Time: 1:20 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Location: Hwy 47 N., N3522 Cottage Ave., Neopit

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

What: Public Town Hall in Montello
Time: 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  
Location: Health & Human Services Building, 428 Underwood Ave., Montello

What: Adams County Community Center
Time: 10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.  
Location: 569 N. Cedar St., Adams

What: Public Town Hall in Black River Falls
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  
Location: 101 S. 2nd St., Black River Falls

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

What: Midwestern BioAg Field Day at Otter Creek
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  
Location: 6620 Wisconsin Highway 130, Avoca

What: Fort Mulligan Grill
Time: 12:40 p.m. – 1: 10 p.m.  
Location: 214 W. Blackhawk Ave., Prairie du Chien

What: Rural Route 1 Popcorn
Time: 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 101 Highway 18, Montfort

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

What: Wausau Window and Wall Tour
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Location: 7800 International Drive, Wausau 

What: Public town hall w/ Rep. Sean Duffy in Wausau
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
Location: Wausau Window and Wall, 7800 International Drive, Wausau 

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

What: Colfax Community Block Party, Colfax Lutheran Pancake Breakfast
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  
Location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 600 Balsam St., Colfax.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

What: St. Croix Crossing bridge tour
Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
Location: St. Croix Boat & Packet, 525 S. Main St., Stillwater, Minn. 
Note: Press availability following tour at 3:30 p.m. at 525 S. Main St.

What: Public Town Hall in New Richmond
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
Location: WITC New Richmond Campus, Conference Center, 1019 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

What: PGA Breakfast and Tour
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  
Whistling Straits Golf Course, N8501 Lakeshore Road, Sheboygan

What: Towne House Restaurant
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Location: 232 Main St., Darlington

What: Public Town Hall in Monroe
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Monroe City Hall, 1110 18th Ave., Monroe

What: Northwoods Premium Confections
Time: 4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Location: 314 State St., Beloit

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

What: Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: 8653 Highway 51, Minocqua

What: Gerrit’s Lakeview Inn
Time: 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 656 County Road G, Pelican Lake

What: Reggie’s Roadhouse
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 526 County Road G, Pelican Lake

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

What: Veteran’s Town Hall in Superior
Time: 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  
Location: 308 Harbor View Parkway, Superior

What: Bayfield County Fair
Time: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Range Line Road, Iron River

What: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Time: 12:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield

What: Deep Water Grill
Time: 5:10 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Location: Deep Water Grill, 800 Main St. West, Ashland

What: Supper Club Town Hall in Mercer
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Cranberry Inn, 5491 US 51, Mercer

Events subject to change.

A long-term, bipartisan highway bill, known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE), passed the U.S. Senate last week by a vote of 65-34, with Senator Johnson's support. The bill reauthorizes our country’s surface transportation and road safety programs for six years.

Why is the DRIVE Act such a big deal?

This is the longest multi-year highway funding measure to pass the Senate in a decade. Not since 2005 has the Senate been able to agree on a long-term bill. In fact, since 2009, Congress has passed more than 30 patches and shorter-term extensions to keep the funding flowing so that infrastructure projects can continue.