Assembly, Senate Leadership Collect Top Per Diem In 2011

Both Democratic and Republican leadership in the state Assembly tied in collecting the most travel reimbursements in 2011 in the Assembly.

Records released by the Assembly clerk’s office show Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha and Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder of Abbotsford received $13,464 in per diems last year. Rep. Robin Vos of Burlington, co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee, also had the same amount.

Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon came in close second with $13,200.

Meanwhile, the state Senate’s top Republican leader collected more travel reimbursements last year than any other legislator. Records released Friday show Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald collected $18,128 in 2011, up from $16,544 in 2010.

State lawmakers from outside Dane County can collect $88 per day in reimbursement. Legislators from Dane County can collect $44 a day.

The records were released Friday.

Per diems for state senators weren’t yet available as of late Friday afternoon.