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Viterbo political science professor Knutson saddened state Sen. Shilling not seeking re-election

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FILE PHOTO - Viterbo political science professor Keith Knutson in the WIZM studio. Knutson joins host Rick Solem at 5 p.m. Thursdays on La Crosse Talk PM.

Viterbo University political science professor was among the many saddened by the news that Wisconsin state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling was not seeking re-election.

“This is a very significant loss,” Knutson said Thursday on La Crosse Talk PM.

PHOTO: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and state Sen. Jennifer Shilling (@Jennifer.Shilling.WI)

But, Knutson was referring to her decision as a loss for Democrats per say. It’s more a loss of a solid public servant.

“She is a very, I’m going to say, calming, authoritative voice,” Knutson said. “Someone who listened to people and was very interested in policy and not, maybe, engaging in the more vicious politics of our day.”

Knutson said Assembly members Steve Doyle and Jill Billings could be potential solid replacements with some name recognition.

He also noted that papers need to be filed by June to run for the seat.

Shilling, an Oshkosh native and UW-La Crosse graduate, had been in Wisconsin state politics for the past 20 years.

She was elected to the state Senate since 2011 when she beat Dan Kapanke in a recall election over Act 10 legislation.

In 2016, she again, but narrowly, defeated Kapanke by 56 votes.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM and "liberal hack" | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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