Jorgensen eyes state Senate seat, forms exploratory committee

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Gazette staff
Monday, October 7, 2013

State Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Milton, said Monday he's formed an exploratory committee to consider a bid for the 15th Senate District, a seat held by Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville.

Cullen announced last month he would retire at the end of his term.

“I've talked about this with my family, trusted friends and political advisors, and now, the time is right to talk with the people I serve,” Jorgensen said in a news release.

Jorgensen is in his fourth term in the Assembly, having first been elected to the 37th Assembly District in 2006. Jorgensen won re-election in 2008 and 2010.

In 2012, he won the 43rd District seat after district lines were changed.

Jorgensen is the Assembly Democratic Caucus chairman.

“It's as simple as this: People know if you'll work hard to earn their vote, you'll work hard for them after the election, too,” he said.

Before his first election, Jorgensen worked on the assembly line at the Janesville GM plant and served as a shop steward for UAW Local 95. He also worked as a radio announcer at WFAW in Fort Atkinson and other Wisconsin radio stations.

He is the son of Wisconsin dairy farmers. He and his wife, Toni, have been married 20 years, and have three young children.

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