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Sen. Dave Hansen Announces Retirement Plans
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/13/2020

Long-time Wisconsin State Senator Dave Hansen, who served for most of his tenure on either the Senate Agriculture or Natural Resources committees, says he will not seek re-election this year. In a statement issued last week, the Green Bay Democrat called his time of public service a 'privilege,' but feels it's time to slow down and spend more time with family.

"After much thought, reflection and discussion with my wife Jane and my family, I have decided not to seek re-election to the State Senate and retire at the conclusion of my current term," Sen. Hansen said. "On December 18th I turned 72. And as much as it has become a cliche in politics, I truly am retiring to spend more time with my family."

Dave was first elected to his District 30 Senate seat in 2000. During the past two decades, he served as Majority Leader, Assistant Majority Leader, Assistant Minority Leaderand Joint Finance Vice Chair. He also authored 51 bills that became law, including several pro-ethanol policies.

In 2001, he helped negotiate a reimbursement package for Northeast Wisconsin dairy farmers who lost thousands of dollars when Dixie Dairy, an out-of-state corporation, defaulted on its payments to Liberty Milk Cooperative.

Hansen survived a recall effort in 2011 after he and his colleagues fled the state in response to then-Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation that took away bargaining rights for teachers and other public workers.

He also served many years on the Brown County board of supervisors, where he chaired the Human Services committee.

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