MADISON – State Sen. Jennifer Shilling is resigning instead of serving out her term so she can pursue job prospects.
The Democrat from La Crosse’s departure will leave the state Senate short of two of its members for the rest of the year. Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Minocqua, was elected to Congress in a special election this week and will soon be stepping down from the state Senate.
The Senate has no current plans to be in session for the remainder of the year, but that could change as officials consider ways to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Without Shilling and Tiffany, Republicans will control the Senate 18-13.
In stepping down early, Shilling cited a conflict-of-interest law that limits the ability of legislators to pursue job opportunities while they are in office.
“While I wish I could finish out my term and continue representing the residents and communities in the 32nd Senate District, I understand the clear boundaries set by state law that will require me to vacate my position in the state Senate earlier than anticipated,” Shilling said in a statement.
Her resignation takes effect at the end of the day Friday.
Shilling in April announced she would not run for re-election. Soon afterward, she stepped down as minority leader, and Democrats chose Sen. Janet Bewley of Mason to replace her as leader.
Tiffany will be out of the state Senate as soon as he is sworn into Congress on Tuesday, according to a provision of the state constitution.
Voters will choose replacements for Shilling and Tiffany in November. The new senators will be seated in January.
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