MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin State Senator Tim Cullen announced Thursday morning he will not run for another term and leave the Senate when his current term ends in January 2015.
"I have concluded that it is time to retire from public office and continue to fight for causes I believe in as a private citizen," said Sen. Cullen (D-Janesville). "I will be forever grateful to the people of the 15 th Senate District for placing their trust in me many years ago and again in 2010. I came back to Madison in 2011 to try to make a difference in the lives of the people of the 15th Senate District and across Wisconsin. I readily acknowledge that serving in the minority significantly limited my ability to help Wisconsin in ways that I believe would benefit the state."
Cullen said he intends to focus his future efforts on two foundations he started before he made his return to the State Senate in 2011. He also plans on getting involved with several non-profit organizations in Rock County, including HealthNet, a free health clinic in Janesville. He says he also plans to establish another foundation that will assist public educators.
Cullen was first elected to the Senate in 1974 and served until 1986. He served as Senate Majority Leader in 1981, 1983 and 1985.
Cullen was reelected in 2010.