LeMahieu retires leaving strong record behind

THIS AREA WILL BE losing a strong and effective voice in Madison come next January.

Rep. Daniel LeMahieu, R-Cascade, has announced that he will not run for re-election to the state Assembly from the 59th District this fall.

LeMahieu has served six terms in the Legislature and has been a strong conservative voice in Madison during that time, representing well the voice of his rural district.

Prior to winning election to the Assembly, LeMahieu spent a decade and a half as a member of the Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors.

During more than a quarter of century of public service, LeMahieu earned a well-deserved reputation for being fair, honest, hard-working and conscientious.

There was never any doubt about where he stood on issues, but he was always able to work well within the legislative system – whether on the county or the state level – to get things done and answer the needs of his constituents.

His effectiveness was recognized by the positions of leadership he rose to both on the County Board and in the state Assembly.

He finished his tenure on the County Board as chairman of the County Board, where he helped institute a budget regimen that has helped Sheboygan County set a record for fiscal management and holding the line on property taxes that is unparalleled among the state’s 72 counties.

In the Legislature, he served as a key member of a number of committees, including the last four years on the Joint Finance Committee – arguably the most powerful of Legislative committees, the panel that writes the state’s biennial budget.

LeMahieu’s 59th district originally included pretty much the entire southern half of Sheboygan County, but after the redistricting that followed the 2010 census it was reduced to a little more than the western quarter of the county and parts of Calumet, Fond du Lac and Washington counties.

But however the map was drawn, residents of the 59th Assembly District knew they were well-represented in Madison with LeMahieu as their assemblyman.

LeMahieu, who is 67, is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and traveling more with his wife, Rosemary, as he enters a well-earned retirement.

He has left a great example of solid legislative representation for whoever follows him in the 59th Assembly District seat. Here’s wishing Daniel LeMahieu a long, happy and successful retirement.

At issue:
Daniel LeMahieu retiring
Bottom line:
Served well for many years

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