Dem state Rep. Terese Berceau won’t seek re-election this fall, telling WisPolitics.com today working outside the Republican-dominated Capitol might be more enjoyable than toiling in the minority.

Berceau, 67, has been in the minority for all but two years of her 17 years in the Assembly, and she said colleagues talked her into running again in 2016.

She is the second member of the Assembly to officially announce retirement ahead of the fall elections. Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, last month announced on the Assembly floor he won’t seek re-election.

“It is a bit discouraging to be a person who works hard, has some brains and would like to get some things passed, but the ‘D’ before my name means things are not going to be considered, and how many years do you do that?” Berceau said.

Berceau said she hasn’t lined up anything else for after she leaves office and is considering volunteer work.

Berceau, first elected in 1998, is one of the longest serving Dems in the Assembly. Rep. Leon Young, D-Milwaukee, was first elected in 1992, while Fred Kessler, of Milwaukee, served his first term in 1961 and Peter Barca, of Kenosha, started in 1985. But both left the Assembly before beginning their current terms in 2005 and 2009, respectively.

Her district is also one of the most Dem in the state and could see a crowded primary.

Not long after Berceau told WisPolitics.com she was not running, Dem Dane County Supv. Sheila Stubbs said she’ll seek Berceau’s seat and praised the outgoing incumbent.

“Together, we can build on her legacy and continue to fight for the values, issues, and change we need in these challenging times,” said Stubbs, who turns 47 this month.

Stubbs was dubbed a “rising star” by the Wisconsin Dem Party in 2013, when she addressed that year’s state convention.

Madison Ald. Sara Eskrich has also been mentioned as a possible candidate. But she emailed WisPolitics.com today that she’s excited to back Stubbs and looks forward “to Madison electing a strong, representative woman of color to the state Legislature.”

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