After more than three decades in legislature, Jauch won't seek re-electionLongtime Democratic state Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar announced his intentions at a news conference in the state Capitol. He was first elected to the Senate in 1986 after serving four years in the Assembly.
By: News Tribune staff, Associated Press
MADISON — Longtime Democratic state Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar will retire and not seek re-election next year.
Jauch announced his intentions at a news conference Wednesday in the state Capitol. The 67-year-old Jauch was first elected to the Senate in 1986 after serving four years in the Assembly.
“This is an emotional and difficult decision to make,” Jauch said in a news release. “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. ...
"I have the same passion as I had on the first day 31 years ago to fight for the issues that matter to the citizens of the north. However, I simply do not have the energy to maintain that commitment in a political landscape where representative democracy is on life support.”
Jauch – who turns 68 next month — represents Wisconsin’s 25th Senate District, which covers all of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price and Washburn counties and parts of Burnett, Dunn, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Vilas Counties.
Jauch was one of the 14 Senate Democrats who fled the state in 2011 in an effort to block passage of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers. More recently, Jauch has been an outspoken critic of the bill making it easier to open an iron ore mine in his district in the Penokee Hills.
He currently is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Revenue, Forestry and Mining, as well as a member of the Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Legislative Council Study Committee on 911 Emergency Communications.