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Congressman Van Orden launches re-election bid at La Crosse office



Western Wisconsin Congressman Derrick Van Orden is 13 months into his term of office, and has officially started his campaign for a second term.

Republican Van Orden launched his 2024 run in La Crosse on Saturday, speaking to dozens of supporters at his local campaign office on Losey Boulevard. The Prairie du Chien area resident spoke of work he has done in Washington to support farmers. He is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

Van Orden and backers have pointed out that his predecessor, Democrat Ron Kind, did not serve on the ag committee during his 26 years in Congress.

Rep. Derrick Van Orden shows a phone message to supporters at a campaign rally in La Crosse on Jan. 27, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

“You have to work hard. No more complaining,” said Van Orden.

He added that the Republican majority in the House has “stopped so much buffoonery” from President Joe Biden and other Democrats in the three years since Biden became president.

Van Orden also urged his supporters to vote Republican in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race, and “push them over the line” to get incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin out of office “and take the Senate back.”

Van Orden was joined at the La Crosse rally by Eric Hovde, who is considered a likely candidate for the Senate race.

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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  1. Kevin

    January 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    This guy is a bag of shit! Vote his ass out! Save Wisconsin!

  2. The Dude

    January 30, 2024 at 3:05 pm

    Kevin, please explain what is your rationale for such hate speech? Do you have specific policies that Derrick Van Orden has proposed that are not for the good of the people? I would like to have some dialog on this to form an educated opinion vs. just he is a POS

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