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Rep. Kitty Rhoades letter to supporters on retirement from Assembly

March 17, 2010


It’s hard to believe that it has been 12 years since I first asked you to join my efforts to become the Representative of the 30th Assembly District. I said then that by “working together, we could shape the future of our district without losing sight of our heritage.” Working together, we have done that.

Twelve years ago, I told you “I didn’t set out to become an elected official, my life led me there.” Now the time has come for my life to lead me on to a new phase.

On March 19th, I will officially announce my retirement from the Wisconsin State Assembly.

In my six terms in office, I have been part of a number of great accomplishments. I was the first Republican Assemblywoman to serve as Co-Chair of the budget writing Joint Finance Committee, and successfully approved a budget that stopped over $15 billion in tax increases while leaving the state with the lowest deficit in the past 12 years. We passed legislation to make it harder to manufacture Methamphetamine, with our state law serving as a model for subsequent federal legislation. And we created a program giving individuals with long-term health care needs direct control of their health care dollars and decisions.

These are but a few of many items that we worked on to make our state a better place to work, live, raise a family and retire.

I have been honored and humbled to serve our district. I know I never would have been successful without your help. Thank you once again for your friendship and your support.

Kitty Rhoades

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