Rep. Tamara Grigsby not running for re-election

MADISON -- Representative Tamara Grigsby (D - Milwaukee) has announced she plans to step down at the end of her term, rather than seek re-election for a fifth term.

In a statement Tuesday, April 17th, Grigsby said: “Unfortunately, the incivility and lack of compassion that characterized the 2011-2012 Legislative Session affected my health. After much soul-searching, I have decided that this is a good time for me to be of service in new ways. I intend to fully regain my strength and return as an even more powerful voice for others. In the meantime, I will continue to champion causes that are important to me and my community.”

Grigsby served as representative for the 18th Assembly District for almost eight years. Grigsby also served as chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and as a ranking member of the Joint Committee on Finance - fighting for child welfare, W-2 improvements, health care access, public education for all children, criminal justice reform and rights of women and minorities.

Grigsby said she will continue advocating for changes to the institutions that affect struggling people in Wisconsin.