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UWM prof calls it a "shame" that long-time lawmakers stepping down

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - UW-Milwaukee professor Mordecai Lee says it's a shame that Wisconsin will lose so much institutional memory in state government after next year.

Democrats Tim Cullen of Janesville and Bob Jauch of Poplar will take home a combined 48 years of Senate experience, once they step down after next fall's elections.

Lee, a former Democratic Assembly member from Milwaukee, tells one media outlet it's important to have lawmakers with years of first-hand knowledge of how the Capitol works. On the other hand, Lee says there's a benefit to getting fresh faces with new ideas and energy.

Cullen has had two stints in the Senate, back to 1975. His latest tenure will only run for 4 years, after saying he's become disillusioned with the unwillingness by majority Republicans to compromise on major issues.

Moderate Senate Republican Dale Schultz -- a 30-plus year legislative veteran -- is also contemplating retirement. That's after second-term Assembly Republican Howard Marklein of Spring Green said he would run in a primary for Schultz's seat next August.

Wisconsin is assured of having at least one new constitutional officer after next year. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has said he'll step down after 8 years in office.