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State Senator Neal Kedzie resigns Monday to purse "new opportunity"

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The head of the Wisconsin Senate's natural resources committee is leaving now, instead of at the end of the year like he originally planned.

Republican Neal Kedzie of Elkhorn resigned Monday from the upper house. He said he's pursuing a "new opportunity," but he had not said what it is.

Kedzie announced a month ago he would retire after 16 years in the Legislature -- four in the Assembly, and the last 12 in the Senate.

Assembly Republican Steve Nass of Whitewater and Democrat Dan Kilkenny are running for Kedzie's seat this fall.

It will stay vacant until January. Should any important natural resource issues come up between now and then, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he'll chair the resources committee in Kedzie's place.

Fitzgerald is also taking Kedzie's place on the State Building Commission and a study panel on state-supported programs.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)