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New sheriff, new Congressman among area elected officials taking oaths on Tuesday



There’s a new sheriff in town, starting Tuesday in La Crosse County. 

John Siegel is being sworn in as the newly elected sheriff, succeeding retiring Sheriff Jeff Wolf.  Siegel has been captain of investigations for the county, and won a close race against Fritz Leinfelder in November. 


When he launched his campaign in April, Siegel said he hoped to increase the public presence of sheriff’s officers. Siegel is one of two elected La Crosse County officials to take office this week.  The other is the new clerk of circuit court, Tammy Pedretti. 

Also on Tuesday, Derrick Van Orden will join other newly-elected House members in Washington, as the 118th Congress begins its work. 

Van Orden

Van Orden won the November election to succeed retiring Congressman Ron Kind, whom he challenged in the 2020 race in the 3rd District. 

The former Navy SEAL will be the first Republican to represent the district since 1996, when Steve Gunderson left office after eight terms and Kind was first elected.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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