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Ron Kind leaving Congress at the end of 13th term



Ron Kind is retiring from Congress. 

After 13 terms in the US House, the La Crosse Democrat says he’s “run out of gas” and will retire at the end of his current term next year. 

Kind made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, standing with family members outside the former Roosevelt School in north La Crosse, where he attended classes as a kid. 

In 1996, Kind was elected to succeed Republican Steve Gunderson, who retired after 8 terms in Congress. 

La Crosse political science professor Joe Heim and La Crosse County Democratic Party chair William Garcia joined WIZM Tuesday night to discuss the announcement.

He’s one of only seven Democrats in the House serving in districts that were won by Donald Trump in 2020. His challenger last year, Derrick Van Orden, launched a second campaign for the 3rd District seat shortly after Kind’s current term began. 

Kind’s departure is likely to make it more difficult for Democrats to maintain their majority in the House in next year’s midterm election.

Kind is the longest-serving Democrat in Wisconsin’s delegation, and he was considered a top target for Republicans in next year’s election.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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