Longtime Democratic Wisconsin state senator to retire

State Sen. Dave Hansen Speaks

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

MADISON, Wis.– Longtime Democratic Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Hansen has decided to retire, creating a tougher road to for his party to win a majority in the chamber this fall.

Hansen, of Green Bay, announced Thursday that he will retire when his current term ends next January. Republicans currently hold a 19-14 majority in the Senate.

Hansen’s decision to retire creates an open seat in a strongly Republican region, giving the GOP a prime opportunity to finally seize it.