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Monday, 07 October 2013 14:46

Rep. Jorgensen considers state Senate bid

Written by  CSI Media news staff

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- State Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Milton, has formed an exploratory committee to consider a bid for the 15th Senate District, a seat currently held by Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, who last month announced he would retire at the end of his term.

The 15th district includes north and west Rock County, as well as Whitewater and Whitewater Township in Walworth County.

"I've talked about this with my family, trusted friends, and political advisors -- and now, the time is right to talk with the people I serve," Jorgensen was quoted as saying in a news release.  "Over cups of coffee and on doorsteps, I'll listen to what my neighbors have to say.  Their input has always guided me well."
 
Jorgensen currently is in his fourth term in the Assembly, having first been elected to the 37th Assembly District in November of 2006.  Developing a reputation for effective grassroots campaigning and solid fundraising, Jorgensen won reelection by good margins both in 2008 and 2010.  Then, when Republican redistricting divided his district into four parts, Jorgensen chose to take on a Republican incumbent, and won the 43rd District with 58 percent of the vote.  He serves his colleagues, too, as Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair.
 
"It's as simple as this: people know if you'll work hard to earn their vote, you'll work hard for them after the election, too," said Jorgensen.
 
As a lawmaker, Jorgensen is known for leading a successful statewide petition drive to "Save SeniorCare," a popular, low-cost prescription drug program. He was also a strong voice for middle class families, as Governor Walker and legislative Republicans gutted public education and workers' rights in their controversial 2010 budget.  He has been voted "Best Politician" by the readers of district newspapers for seven straight years.
 
"Wisconsinites deserve leaders who share their values, and prioritize their needs," said Jorgensen.  "My record shows I work for my constituents, only - and that I've been effective, even in this challenging political environment."
 
Prior to his first election, Jorgensen worked on the assembly line at the Janesville GM plant, and served as a shop steward for UAW Local 95.  He also worked as a radio announcer at WFAW in Fort Atkinson, and other Wisconsin radio stations.  Jorgensen is the son of Wisconsin dairy farmers.  He and his wife, Toni, have been married 20 years, and have three young children.

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