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GOP leaders say Assembly rep to retire

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:28:08 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 27 2013 03:40:54 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A Republican legislator who helped push a contentious mining bill through the Legislature has decided to retire.

Rep. Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee says he plans to step down in mid-September. He tells The Associated Press he plans to re-enter the private sector but declined to elaborate, saying he plans to issue a press release in several weeks about his next job.

Honadel was elected to the Assembly in 2003. He was one of the lead sponsors of a bill that relaxed Wisconsin's mining standards to jump-start Gogebic Taconite's plans for a giant iron mine near Lake Superior.

A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker says the governor will call a special election to fill Honadel's vacancy after he officially steps down.

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