Former Wisconsin Senate Chief Clerk, Michael Queensland, has resigned from his position following a sexual misconduct investigation. The investigation was prompted by a credible allegation of sexual misconduct and harassment against Queensland, as reported by investigator Susan Lessack. The report, released by the Legislature’s human resources office, revealed that a woman identified as Jane Doe alleged that Queensland attempted to remove her pants and underwear after she passed out in her hotel room during a legislative conference in Palm Springs, California. The woman stated that she repeatedly told Queensland to stop and reminded him of his marital status before pushing him away. Queensland, on the other hand, claimed that the encounter was consensual.
Lessack concluded that there was sufficient evidence to support the woman’s allegations and expressed her belief that Queensland had rehearsed his statements. Queensland resigned from his position after being interviewed by Lessack but before the investigation was completed. It is unclear if he currently has legal representation. Queensland has not been charged with any crimes in Wisconsin, according to online court records.
As the Senate chief clerk, Queensland served as the administrator of the chamber, handling various responsibilities such as announcing bills and managing the Senate’s finances and records. Prior to his role as chief clerk, Queensland worked as an attorney with the Legislative Council, providing advice on statutory interpretations and bill phrasing.