Rep. Mike Rohrkaste announces retirement from Wisconsin State Assembly

Rep. Mike Rohrkaste announces retirement from Wisconsin State Assembly

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Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, has announced he will not seek another State Assembly term.

Rohrkaste made the announcement in a Wednesday statement. He said his retirement is based on his recent selection as executive director of Fox Valley Memory Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at improving the quality of life for people with dementia.

“It has been one of my life’s great honors to serve in the state Assembly. I wish my friends and colleagues the best," Rohrkaste said in the statement. "Above all, though, it was the people of the 55th District that made my time as their representative so memorable. I look forward to continuing to give back in the years to come to the community that has given so much to my family and me.”

Rohrkaste joined the Assembly in 2014 and has served as chair of the Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia and spent two terms on the Joint Committee on Finance.

“Serving with Rep. Rohrkaste has been both an honor and a privilege," Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette and co-chair of the finance committee. "The expertise and experience he brought from the private sector to the Joint Committee on Finance is unrivaled and helped produce budgets that prioritized the hardworking taxpayers."

Rohrkaste said he plans to continue to advocate at the State Capitol.

"Mike has done great work for Assembly Republicans and led our efforts on numerous health care reforms and worker training initiatives," Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said in a Wednesday statement. “I’m confident that Mike will continue to make a profound impact in his new position. I want to wish him and his wife Debbie the very best and hopefully, the new job will afford them more time to spend with their sons, Jakob and Erik.”

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