MADISON (WKOW) -- Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) is leaving the state legislature to take a job in Governor Scott Walker's administration.
Rep. Suder will serve as the Public Service Commission's Division Administrator for Water Compliance and Consumer Affairs.
Activity at the State Capitol has been magnified since the protests of 2011 and Suder has been right in the middle of it all, from the controversy of Act 10 to the change in mining laws that he co-authored.
"We went through a lot," reflected Rep. Suder. "And I think the fruits of our labor are being proven as a result of our surplus, the tax cuts we were recently able to initiate."
But after 14 years in the Assembly and 2 1/2 years as majority leader, Suder says the time is right to take a political appointment.
"I'm excited about the management experience opportunity and to work for the Walker Administration is an opportunity, professionally, I just couldn't pass up," said Rep. Suder.
"I am very sad to see him go as the majority leader of the Assembly. We're a good team," said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).
But Speaker Vos says he understands Suder's need for a new challenge.
Meanwhile, officials at one environmental group who wanted to remain anonymous question Suder's qualifications for his new job. They say the mining bill he authored will only harm Wisconsin's water.
"I think I have the experience to work there, but it will be a professional role that won't be based on politics," countered Rep. Suder. "It will be based on science and decisions that will be made in a joint effort for everyone, not just Republicans, not just Democrats."
Suder's last day in the Assembly will be September 3rd.
"The next day, my hope is to have a leadership election to fill his role," said Speaker Vos.
Speaker Pro-Tempore Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) and Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) are both vying to the by next majority leader.
"Difference in styles perhaps, but at the end of the day whichever decision that caucus makes is one I'll be happy to work with," said Speaker Vos.
Suder's new job figures to come with a significant pay raise. His predecessor in that position earned over $97,000 in 2012, far above the $50,000 a year Suder earns as a legislator.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican Rep. Scott Suder has announced he'll retire from the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Suder says he'll be pursuing an opportunity with Gov. Scott Walker's administration. Suder, from Abbotsford, has served the 69th Assembly District for 14 years. He'll step down in early September.
The governor's office announced Wednesday afternoon Suder will be working at the Public Service Commission as Division Administrator for Water Compliance and Consumer Affairs.
Suder released the following statement regarding his departure:
"I want to thank my constituents for entrusting me to represent their best interests as a member of the state Legislature. I look forward to serving citizens all across the state of Wisconsin in Scott Walker's Administration."
Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.
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