MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin state Senator Fred Risser has been honored as a World War II veteran serving in a state legislature.
Risser received the Civic Medal of Honor award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Risser is a Democrat from Madison who has been in the Legislature for over 50 years. He is the longest serving member of any state legislature in the country.
Risser joined the Navy just before his 18th birthday. Shortly after, the Germans surrendered. The Japanese surrendered before he finished boot camp.
Risser served in Panama. He used the G.I. bill for his law degree.
He is one of six World War II veterans that were honored. Others were from Georgia, New Mexico, Virginia, Idaho, and New York.
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