Democratic Rep. Sandy Pasch announces she won’t seek re-election

This is awful news…

Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood), the assistant Assembly minority leader, said she was leaving in part to take care of a nonagenerian father who increasingly needs her care. That brings to 16 the number of Assembly members who won’t be returning next session. 

Pasch, a pyschiatric nurse by training, served on a bipartisan task force that helped pass a series of bills in recent months to improve mental health care around Wisconsin. That included a bill to overhaul the governance of the troubled Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

But Pasch also acknowledged that she wasn’t looking forward to more partisan fights with majority Republicans who are likely to hold their control of the Legislature in November’s elections. 

Pasch said she wasn’t sure if she would have been able to win Republican support for mental health legislation, which has been her passion.

“It has been frustrating,” Pasch said. “Legislatively, how much more could we get done? Yes, that’s questionable…I think I can have a greater impact from outside the (Capitol) building.”

Rep. Pasch has served her constituents well during her time in the Assembly, and she will be sorely missed.


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