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Long-time state Democratic senator Jim Holperin will not run for re-election


CONOVER, WI (WHBL) - A veteran of state government for about a quarter-century said Friday he would not run for re-election this fall. Jim Holperin of Conover, near Eagle River, issued a statement that he wanted to do other things – but didn’t say what they were.  He did say he was glad for his years in service in the Legislature and as Wisconsin’s Tourism Secretary. The 61-year-old Holperin was first elected to the Assembly in 1982 and served for a decade. He was Jim Doyle’s first top tourist promoter for four years ending in 2007. And the following year, he was elected to the Senate for his only four-year term. He’s also been a legislative analyst in the Assembly and the Senate’s assistant chief clerk, and has held a number of private service and leadership posts. Holperin is the only Wisconsin legislator to survive two recall efforts against him – one in the early 1990’s for his support of federally-ordered Chippewa Indian treaty rights, and the other last year for leaving the Capitol for three weeks in a failed effort to stop the law that virtually ended public union bargaining. Assembly Republican Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, who ran against Holperin in the 2008 Senate election, says he’ll decide in a week whether he’ll seek the post this fall. Another name being mentioned is Assembly Republican Dan Meyer, who has said he’s leaving his current post this fall.