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Sen. Dale Schultz Announces Plans to Retire from Legislature
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/28/2014

Former State Senate Ag Committee Chairman Dale Schultz says he's ready to step down from state politics after his current term expires at the end of this year. The Richland Center Republican told news outlets on Monday that he will not run for re-election in November after serving in the 17th Senate district for over two decades.

Schultz is known for being more of a moderate Republican. During the debate over public worker wage bargaining three years ago, he was the only GOP Senator to criticize Governor Scott Walker's stance on the issue. He also broke with his party's leadership on several other issues like mining and the voter ID law.

He says he made the decision to end his career at the capitol after listening to constituents and discussing it with his family.

Schultz is a part-time farm manager and former real estate broker. He also belongs to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, as well as from the Wisconsin Ethanol Producers Association, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives.

Originally elected to the Assembly in 1982, Schultz served in that chamber for nine years before being elected to his Senate district during a special election in September 1991.

He says he has no specific plans after he finishes his term in Madison, but would not rule out running for another office in the future--including a possible congressional bid for the 3rd district if Ron Kind decides to run U.S. Senate. Schultz tried unsuccessfully to unseat Kind in 2004.

Dale was first elected to lead the Senate agriculture panel in 2002 and held the seat for two years until being tapped to serve as Senate Majority Leader in 2004. He lost that seat when Democrats took control of the Senate in the 2006 general election. He also served as the ag committee chairman for a while in 2011 when former Sen. Dan Kapanke was ousted during a recall election.

During his previous stint on the ag committee, Schultz authored the Agricultural Livestock Siting Act, which allows farm families to grow their businesses. He also wrote the Dairy Modernization Tax Credit Act and a bill to promote ethanol.

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