Skip to comments.State Sen. Galloway to resign, leaving Senate split(WI)
Posted on 03/16/2012 10:31:05 AM PDT by marktwain
Madison - State Sen. Pam Galloway, who faces a recall election this summer, plans to resign from the Senate shortly, leaving an even split between Republicans and Democrats.
"After a great deal of thought and consideration, I've decided to put the needs of my family first," the Wausau Republican said in a statement Friday. "My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately, this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as state Senator or running for re-election at this time."
Her statement did not say when her resignation would take effect, and her office said she was not available for an interview. She plans to speak to voters in her district on Sunday.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Galloway's departure was not influenced by her impending recall election and that he was confident she could have defeated Rep. Donna Seidel (D-Wausau) in the recall election.
"It doesn't change my plans," Seidel said of Galloway's planned resignation. "People really believe their concerns have not been addressed and their values have not been paid attention to. They want Wisconsin back."
Galloway's resignation will cause the Republicans to lose their Senate majority. Republicans would hold 16 seats and Democrats would hold 16 seats. It marks a dramatic change from a year ago, when Republicans held a commanding 19-14 majority in the Senate. It was narrowed to 17-16 in August when Democrats gained two seats in recall elections.
The new, 16-16 split will be brief, and one side or the other should take control in May or June, when recall elections are expected to be held for state senators.
The recall election against Galloway would still move forward even though she would no longer occupy the seat, said Reid Magney,
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I met her. I was impressed.
Dang, I had better get my Concealed Carry Permit sooner rather than later. So does that mean that the Republican Party will appoint someone to fill the remainder of her term?
Bless her heart, but she is not tough enough for the huge challenge ahead. WI is liberal without a huge fight.
“The needs of my family” seems to be a common excuse for our political critters resigning/not running for re-election.
FR is a tough place to be reviewed!!!!!
That is the end of real positive change in Wisconsin. It’s over.
This is her first term. She accomplished more than most Wisconsin politicians accomplished in 20 years.
She is a retired surgeon. I met the lady. If she says this is because of severe family medical problems, I believe her.
She is a very dedicated and tough woman.
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Constitutional carry just flew out the window.