Kedzie leaving Senate seat today
ELKHORN—In another surprising career twist, Republican Sen. Neal Kedzie will be leaving his seat in the Wisconsin 11th Senate District as of the end of today for “a new opportunity,” according to a statement from his office.
Earlier this year, Kedzie announced he would be running again for his Senate seat, then did an abrupt about-face a few weeks later, saying he would resign his seat at the end of the legislative year.
“A new opportunity has come before me, however in order to pursue it further, I must
resign from the Senate at this time rather than finish my full term of office. The office of the 11th Senate District will remain a functioning entity through the end of the year for constituents in need of assistance with state government or other such matters,” Kedzie said in the release issued today.
Michelle Osdene, the senator's communications director, declined to say what opportunity Kedzie was pursuing, or whether it was in the private sector.
“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. 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,” Kedzie said in the release.” 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.
“To the good people of the 11th Senate District, I thank you; not only for your trust and support over the years, but for your friendship. Even those I may have disagreed with on one issue or another, I truly appreciated your passion to share a differing perspective or opinion with me, and always welcomed a good debate on the issues.”