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Rep. Gordon Hintz said he’s stepping down as Assembly minority leader next month to have a better balance between time in his Oshkosh area district and Madison.

Hintz was first elected to the Assembly in 2006 and has been minority leader since former Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, stepped down from the post in 2017 amid pressure from some in his caucus that he backed the Foxconn subsidy package.

Now 48, Hintz has two children, ages 2 and 4. He told in an interview he’ll serve out the remainder of his term and then make a decision next year on whether to seek reelection in 2022.

Hintz had considered not seeking reelection in 2020 and said he committed to serve as caucus leader through the budget and the redistricting process. Gov. Tony Evers vetoed GOP-drawn maps last month, and the various parties in a redistricting lawsuit before the state Supreme Court have a Wednesday deadline to submit their proposals to the justices.

“Like a lot of folks, it’s about taking a step back, and I’ll make a decision when we get closer to the end of session and we have new maps,” Hintz said.

Rep. Mark Spreitzer, now in the No. 3 leadership spot as caucus chair, and Joint Finance Committee member Greta Neubauer, both told they’re considering a bid for the leadership post.

Neubauer won a special election to the Assembly in January 2018 and was appointed to the Finance Committee at the start of the 2021-22 session. Spreitzer, D-Beloit, was first elected to the Assembly in 2014 and has been caucus chair since 2017.

Other members of Assembly Dem leadership said they’re passing on a run.

Assistant Minority Leader Dianne Hesselbein, D-Middleton, told she is still planning to run for the state Senate next fall, though she’s waiting to see the new maps before making a final decision.

And Caucus Vice-Chair Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, said she’s unlikely to run for minority leader.

Spreitzer said the caucus will meet Dec. 20 to elect a new minority leader. The in-person event will be open to the media. Because it is the week before Christmas, members will be able to participate virtually and cast absentee ballots for leader.

See Hintz’s announcement here.

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