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Majority Leader Scott Suder takes job in PSC

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Wisconsin (WQOW) - A long-time western Wisconsin lawmaker is giving up his seat in the assembly.

Republican Rep. Scott Suder says he's stepping down September 3rd. Suder will then take a job in Gov. Walker's administration. He will be an administrator with the state Public Service Commission.  

Suder has served in the assembly for 14 years and is the Assembly Majority Leader. The governor will now have to call a special election to fill the rest of Suder's assembly term, which runs until November 2014.

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Madison (Press Release) - State Representative Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) released the following statement regarding his retirement from the Wisconsin State Assembly:

"Today I am announcing my retirement from the Wisconsin State Assembly.  After 14 years of proudly serving the 69th Assembly District, I will be stepping down on September 3, 2013 to pursue an opportunity in Governor Walker's Administration.  I want to thank my constituents for entrusting me to represent their best interests as a member of the state Legislature. I look forward to serving citizens all across the state of Wisconsin in Scott Walker's Administration.

"I am proud of the work that has been done fighting on the behalf of my constituents and ensuring that they kept more of their hard-earned dollars, had stronger protections against predators to create a safer environment for their children, received access to resources ensuring that their small businesses could grow, and that their voices were not ignored by state agencies.

"Some of our hard-fought legislative victories include Jessica's Law, which ensured tough mandatory minimum sentences for first degree child sexual offenders and the Rural Jobs Act that provided millions in tax credits to help locate and grow rural businesses. The Mining for Jobs Act passed this legislative session will provide strong environmental protections for our natural resources and create thousands of family-supporting jobs.

"Throughout the many legislative sessions that I have been a part of, we were able to enact budgets that eliminated the structural deficit without raising taxes, reshape state government to make it more business friendly, and create a substantial state surplus as a result of our bold reforms.

"I also want to thank my colleagues for entrusting me to serve as Assembly Majority Leader for the past two sessions.  I am humbled by their support and am proud of the successful reforms we've passed to protect taxpayers across the entire state. I wish all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle the best and encourage them to keep moving Wisconsin forward.  I will always cherish the friendships I have made on both the state and national levels.

"I want to give special thanks to my family for their understanding, sacrifice and patience.  Politics can be a rough business, and through thick and thin they have always supported me in so many ways, I cannot thank them enough.  In addition, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated professionals I could have hoped for as members of my staff.  Without their hard work, I could not have had such a successful career.

"Finally, I want to again give thanks to my friends and neighbors throughout the entire 69th Assembly District, otherwise known as ‘God's Country', for their constant, unwavering support throughout these 14 years.  I am blessed to have had this unique opportunity to serve the great people of North Central Wisconsin and our great state as an elected member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.  It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve and I thank them for their trust."

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Madison (Press Release) – Governor Scott Walker announced an administration staff change Wednesday:

State Representative Scott Suder – Public Service Commission

Representative Scott Suder has been named as the new Public Service Commission Division Administrator for Water Compliance and Consumer Affairs.  Rep. Suder has represented the 69th assembly district since 1998.  He is originally from Medford, Wisconsin and was a member of the Air National Guard from 2003-2010.

"Representative Suder has long served the residents of Wisconsin," Governor Walker said.  "The Public Service Commission will benefit from his talents and experience.  I thank Representative Suder for his work in the Legislature and I look forward to being able to work with him in this new capacity."

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