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Longest-serving legislator won't seek re-electionSubmitted: 03/26/2020
Longest-serving legislator won't seek re-election
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MADISON - The nation's longest-serving legislator has decided to retire.

Wisconsin state Sen. Fred Risser announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election. Risser, 92, has represented the Madison area in Legislature for 64 years, making him the longest-serving legislator in state and national history.

He's also the last World War II veteran remaining in any of the state legislatures and Congress, according to his office.

Risser, a Democrat, was first elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1956 and moved to the Senate in 1962. He served as Senate president for 25 years, worked with 13 different governors and crafted the state's indoor smoking ban.

Risser's father served in the state Senate and his grandfather served in the Assembly. His great-grandfather, Col. Clement E. Werner, served in both chambers.

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