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For my last ever column as a state legislator, I wanted to take a moment to show my appreciation for everyone who has helped me in my legislative journey that began more than eighteen years ago.

I leave the State Capitol a better father, husband, friend, and person than when I entered, and that is due in large part to the colleagues and staff I have had along the way. When I was first presented with the opportunity to run for office I never could have imagined the friendships and connections that I have made.

Most importantly, I want to thank my family- my wife Lynn and my children Matt, Andy, and Jenny and their families. Being a full time legislator while still maintaining a law practice has meant a significant time commitment, and I cannot thank them enough for their patience and understanding for more than eighteen years.

The state representatives I have worked with are too numerous to name and thank individually. However, I do want to specifically thank Sondy Pope, who has been my seatmate for ages and a dear friend in Madison.

Thank you to my brother, law partner, mentor, and legislative predecessor Tom Hebl, whose presence and guidance has helped me improve in almost every aspect of my life.

Thank you to everyone who has worked at the state agencies over the last two decades. I would especially like to thank those at the Legislative Reference Bureau, Legislative Council, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, and the Legislative Audit Bureau. These organizations have helped my office tremendously over the years in our policy work.

I have had the best staffers in the world and I cannot thank them enough. Without them I would not have been able to survive in the state capitol. Thank you especially to Traci Bussan, who has been my full time staffer since my first day in the Capitol.

Thank you to the school board members, local elected officials, stakeholders, district teachers, municipal clerks, and anyone who has ever contacted my office to offer advice or seek help.

While I will miss the State Legislature, I have no regrets or second thoughts about moving on to my next chapter. It is bittersweet for sure, but I know that the decision I have made is the correct one. I cannot ever properly show my gratitude to everyone that has ever helped me and the people of the 46th Assembly District since 2004. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will miss you all.

– Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, represents the 46th Assembly District.

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