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Monday, June 16, 2014

 11:35 AM 

Kedzie to resign Senate seat today

State Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, announced he will formally resign from the state Senate today. 

Kedzie, who had already decided to retire, said in a press release that he had another "opportunity" that required him to resign his seat first. 


"Serving the people of Wisconsin these last seventeen and a half years in both the State Assembly and State Senate has been one of the most memorable times in my life," Kedzie said in a statement. "I have been blessed to be part of such a unique institution and hopefully have made a positive change, at least in some small way.  As elected officials, our time here is limited, and now my time has come to turn the page and begin the next chapter of my life."


Kedzie's statement was followed by a statement from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who praised Kedzie for his years of service.


"Through his committee leadership and the numerous pieces of legislation he has championed, Neal has been a fierce advocate for Wisconsin’s natural resources and a strong defender of cooperative state and local government relations," Fitzgerald said. "Since 1997, he has cultivated a distinguished career in the Wisconsin State Legislature."

Kedzie's immediate departure leaves a 17-15 vote margin for Republican control in the Senate. Even with Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, providing an occasional swing vote, the lack of a special session or any remaining business makes Kedzie's departure inconsequential to the balance of power. 


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