Scott Suder officially resigns from State Assembly
Wisconsin's Assembly majority leader has officially resigned.
Scott Suder stepped down as of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to take a position later this month with the Public Service Commission.
Now the race is on to replace the Abbotsford Republican in the Assembly.
"I left because it was the right professional move for me, and an honor to serve in the Walker administration, and I think I've accomplished many of the things that I set out to accomplish when I first ran for State Assembly," Suder told Newsline 9.
The 69th Assembly seat is now open. That district covers parts of Clark, Marathon, Taylor, and Wood counties.
So far three candidates have announced plans to run—all Republicans: Dorchester Village Trustee Debra Koncel, Stratford businessman Bob Kulp, and former Marshfield alderman Scott Noble.
Gov. Scott Walker is responsible for ordering a special election. Once he does, the election will happen between 62 and 77 days later, according to state election officials. But since more than one Republican is running, a primary will take place before that.
Suder says he has no plans to endorse a candidate to replace him.
"I don't think it's fair for me as a former representative to get involved," he said.
Suder says he'll make about $95,000 a year in his new job. He says he's still figuring out where he'll live—probably in Madison.
And as for the future, Suder says he's probably not done with politics.
"If anyone thinks that this is the last time they'll see me, that's probably a mistake," he said.
But for now, Suder says "thank you" to the people who elected him as he moves on to the next chapter.
As for the special election, Gov. Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson told Newsline 9 an announcement is "forthcoming."
Assembly Republicans are set to elect a new majority leader Wednesday, according to Suder.