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Monday, January 3, 2011

 5:14 PM 

Departing Assembly members say goodbye

The three Republican Assembly members who'll resign tomorrow to join the Walker administration said their goodbyes to the chamber as the day's inauguration festivities drew to a close.

"I love this institution. This is a great place," said Rep. Mark Gottlieb of Port Washington, who's set to take over the Department of Transportation. "You're all lucky to be here."

Gottlieb said he hopes his colleagues develop just as deep an appreciation for the chamber as he had over his four terms in the 60th District.

Rep. Mike Huebsch wrapped up 16 years serving the 94th District -- including a session as speaker from 2007-2009 -- and told members the opportunity to serve "is something that I've cherished every single day I've been here."

Huebsch, of West Salem, will take over as Walker's Administration secretary.

And Rep. Scott Gunderson also concluded 16 years in the Assembly. He'll leave to serve as executive assistant in the Department of Natural Resources.

Gunderson, of Waterford, got emotional when talking about admiring the Capitol building on his drives into work on East Washington Avenue.

"To think that I, Scott Gunderson, was privileged enough to work here."


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