Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Ron Kind is in the middle of his 13th term in the U.S. House.
Tuesday, he announced he will not seek re-election next year – throwing his district up for grabs.
Kind was first elected in 1996, succeeding Republican Steve Gunderson.
Before that, he served as a state prosecutor in the la crosse county district attorney’s office.
In November, Kind defeated Republican Challenger Derrick Van Orden by a little more than 10- thousand votes.
This was just four years after he won a general election unopposed.
During a press conference outside his elementary school, Kind said quote – “I just ran out of gas.” adding he never expected his career in the house to be for life.
“Part of a dying breed in public service today in Washington and certainly in Madison. Someone who tried to be reasonable, pragmatic, thoughtful, worked hard to find common ground with my colleagues, work in a partisan way to find bi-partisan solutions to the challenges that we faced. And that’s why through the years that I’ve been incredibly proud for being ranked one of the most bi-partisan and independent members in congress and therefore one of the most effective members in getting things done,” said Kind.