GOP state Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) has changed his mind and will not seek reelection to his state Senate seat. Kooyenga had originally announced he was not going to run for reelection after he was drawn out of his district under Gov. Evers’ redistricting maps but then indicated to WisPolitics.com he was going to run for reelection after those maps were thrown out and the GOP legislature’s maps were put in place.
Sen. Kooyenga is the seventh member of the Senate to decide to not run for reelection.
Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) announced last week he won’t seek reelection to his Assembly seat as he instead plans to run for the Milwaukee Common Council. Brostoff is the 23rd member of the state Assembly to announce plans to decide to not run for reelection.
According to the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, the 30 departures announced so far by state lawmakers marks the third most in any single year since 1940, trailing only the 32 departures in 1942 and 31 in 1954.