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Assembly Majority Leader Suder resigns to take job at PSC

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Number two leader in the Wisconsin Assembly confirmed Wednesday that he’s leaving the Legislature to take a political job in the state’s utility regulating agency.

Both the state Public Service Commission and Governor Scott Walker announced that Scott Suder will become the PSC’s division administrator for Water Compliance and Consumer Affairs.

The Abbotsford Republican is leaving the Assembly on the day after Labor Day, after more than 14 years representing a rural district in west central Wisconsin. He said he’s most proud of letting people keep more of their own money, cracking down on child sex offenders, and ensuring that small businesses could grow and not be ignored by state agencies.

Suder became the Assembly’s majority leader in 2011. Media reports say two Republicans are vying to replace him in that post – Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer of Waukesha and second-term representative Tyler August of Lake Geneva.

The governor will call a special election for Suder’s Assembly seat after he leaves. 

Meanwhile, Assembly Democrat Amy Sue Vruwink of Milladore said Wednesday she will not leave the Legislature to take a job in the state agriculture department.

Vruwink says she’ll keep focusing on her district, and help her brother deal with pancreatic cancer. She’s in her 11th year in the lower house.

Last year, Vruwink survived a re-election bid despite the Republican redistricting that added more GOP voters to her territory. Vruwink won last November by just 144 votes.