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Miller stepping down as leader of Senate Democrats


MADISON (WKOW) -- Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) is stepping down as the Democratic Leader in the State Senate.

Miller released a statement on his decision Wednesday afternoon:

"The last two years have been historic.  I am honored to have served as the Senate Democratic Leader through this important time in history.  I have decided to step down as Democratic Leader at the end of this session.  I want to thank my colleagues and staff for their tremendous effort and commitment to Wisconsin.  I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in the upcoming session."

Sen. Miller become the Democratic Minority Leader in January of 2011 and became known across Wisconsin for leading his caucus to flee to Illinois the following February, after Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) attempted to pass Act 10,

That legislation, which severely restricted collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin's public-sector workers, eventually passed the Republican-controlled Senate due to a procedural move, which allowed the GOP to approve it without any Democratic members having to be present for the vote.

Miller assumed the role of Majority Leader on July 17, 2012, after successful recall elections gave the Democrats a 17-16 advantage in the Senate.

But despite Miller's re-election on Tuesday, Republicans picked up two seats to reclaim the majority and Miller announced his decision to step down as leader less than 24 hours later.

Senate Democrats will have to pick a new leader for the next legislative session, which begins in January.

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