Milroy to step away from Wisconsin politics
State Rep. Nick Milroy announced Thursday that he won't seek reelection in the fall.
SUPERIOR — After more than a decade in the Wisconsin Assembly, Rep. Nick Milroy announced he won’t be seeking reelection in the fall.
The South Range Democrat was first elected to represent the 73rd District in 2008. He’s the second Democrat in the region to announce plans to retire at the end of their term.
Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley of Mason announced on Feb. 1 that she wouldn’t be seeking reelection. Bewley served the 25th District.
Milroy currently represents Douglas County and the northern halves of Burnett and Washburn counties.
“For the majority of my adult life, I have had the opportunity to serve others,” Milroy said in a news release. “Earning the trust and working on behalf of the citizens of the 73rd Assembly District has been a humbling experience.”
During his tenure in the Assembly, Milroy focused on veterans and military affairs, the outdoors and Wisconsin’s sporting heritage and rural development.
Twice he introduced legislation to recognize veterans with a free fishing weekend in support of the Western Lake Superior Trolling Association’s Vet on the Lake event held the last weekend in July. Neither bill survived when the Republican-controlled legislative sessions ended.
Douglas County Board Chairman Mark Liebaert said Milroy’s office has always gone the extra mile to work with county government.
“One of the advantages that we’ve always had with his position is it’s always been filled by someone in our area,” Liebaert said.
Keeping the northwest corner of the state in the minds of lawmakers was one of Milroy's goals, he said.
“I have always focused on making sure that northern Wisconsin gets its fair share and being a voice for those who don’t always have one,” Milroy said.
Early in Milroy's legislative career he had some success, including legislation that designated the Totogatic River as a State Wild River. He rallied for port funding in the Twin Ports and made blaze pink an option for hunters.
Milroy, a Navy veteran, former Superior city councilor and fisheries biologist, said he hopes to utilize his experience to help the community that has given him and his family so much. He and his wife, Julie, have three children.
“I’m looking forward to being able to spend more time with them, finding new ways to serve my community that include my children, and hopefully taking them out fishing more often,” Milroy said.