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Gov. Doyle points to achievements, expansion of health insurance

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Outgoing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle says one of his most memorable achievements over the past eight years is the expansion of health insurance access to nearly all Wisconsin residents.

Doyle will leave office after serving as governor since Jan. 3, 2003, which is longer than any Democrat in Wisconsin history. He never lost an election in over 33 years in politics.

Doyle's time as governor included fights with Republicans who were in control of the Legislature during his first term and attempted unsuccessfully to legalize concealed weapons and ban embryonic stem cell research.

In recent years, the recession forced Doyle to deal with record-high budget shortfalls that are present still today.

Both Democrats and Republicans praise his expansion of health care access but say he was constrained by the economy.

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