Long-time Democratic state senator won’t seek re-election

Sen. Mark Miller
Sen. Mark Miller will not seek re-election.

MADISON, Wis. —  Another long-time Democratic state senator says he won’t seek re-election this fall. Mark Miller of Monona announced on the Senate floor Tuesday that he won’t run again this November.

“I will miss this place,” Miller said Tuesday morning in a news release.

“I will miss being a voice for clean water, for better education for children and adults, for expanded health care, for improved economic security, and for responsible governance, but I feel it is time for someone new to do this job.”

Miller is a former fighter pilot who has served in the Senate since 2004. He told his colleagues Tuesday that a winner-take-all culture has come to dominate both political campaigns and how leaders govern.

Miller is the second Democratic senator to announce his retirement this month. Sen. Dave Hansen of Green Bay announced Jan. 9 that he won’t seek re-election in November. He has served in the Senate since 2001.

Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) released the following statement on Miller’s retirement highlighting his leadership.

“From fighting for clean water and environmental protections, to standing up for unions and working families, Mark’s accomplishments throughout his time here in the state legislature are invaluable and have paved a path forward for Wisconsinites,” Sargent said.