Posted at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020
The Brillion News
MADISON - State Representative John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, announced today (Tuesday, December 1) that he is resigning from the state Assembly effective Wednesday, December 2.
"Serving the people of the 89th Assembly District has been the honor of a lifetime,” Nygren said. “Together we have accomplished a great deal for northeast Wisconsin as well as the entire state. I am humbled by the support shown for my family and me for which I will be forever grateful. Thank you.”
Nygren said his resignation will allow him to pursue career opportunities in the private sector.
In addition to his budget work, Nygren was architect of the state's response to the opioid epidemic. His daughter is one of the addiction's victims.
“The HOPE Agenda has made Wisconsin a national leader in combating substance abuse. And northeast Wisconsin’s strong manufacturing base has helped drive unprecedented economic growth and prosperity,” Nygren said.
He was the Assembly Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance for four sessions. His tenure as Assembly Co-Chair is tied for the longest tenure in the Committee’s 109-year history.
“Wisconsin was in tough shape financially when I was appointed Co-Chair. Over the last eight years, we have cut taxes by a cumulative $13 billion, the state’s investment in public education is the highest in our state’s history, and the state’s rainy-day fund has grown to nearly $800 million," he said. "Wisconsin is on sound financial footing and is well situated to weather the economic uncertainty created by the pandemic.”
The vacant seat will be filled with a special election, the date of which is up to Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat.