Wis. Senator Bob Jauch retiring

By KBJR News 1

Wis. Senator Bob Jauch retiring

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch has announced that he will not seek re-election in the fall of 2014.

Jauch has represented the 25th Senate District since 1987 and has served in the legislature since 1983.

“This is an emotional and difficult decision to make,” said Jauch, during a press conference in Madison. “Every day for the last 31 years I have dedicated 1,000 percent of my effort to represent northern Wisconsin and fight for the issues that matter to them. I love the district and have profound respect for the citizens I serve. Beyond words I am grateful for the confidence and trust that has enabled me to serve in the Wisconsin State Legislature.”

The Senator says the reason he decided to retire was because he was too tired to sustain the level of commitment and the high standard of representation his constituents have a right to expect.

Jauch's career achievements in the legislature include authoring one of the largest property tax cuts in the state's history, saving 350 jobs at the Flambeau paper Mill in Park Falls and negotiating the Aging School Reform Act in 1984 which increased safety standards for public schools.

Jauch also noted that he is especially privileged to have played a role in ensuring that northern Wisconsin citizens have access to affordable quality health care.

While he is retiring in January 2015, Jauch says that he will continue to work just as hard to find responsible solutions to create a better future for the state of Wisconsin.

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