Peter Barca

Hintz elected leader of Wisconsin Assembly Democrats

State Rep. Gordon Hintz was elected Tuesday as Democratic leader in the state Assembly, running unopposed to take over midway through the session.

Hintz, of Oshkosh, urged Democrats to avoid in-fighting and unite in order to counter Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans who control state government. Republicans control the Assembly 64-35, their largest majority since 1957.

"We only have 35 members and unless all 35 of us are on the same page, we will not be an effective voice for Democrats across Wisconsin," Hintz told Assembly Democrats after his election.

Hintz, 43, replaces Rep. Peter Barca, of Kenosha, on Oct. 1. Barca is a former congressman and had been...