Sen. Lasee leaving Senate for state government post

State Sen. Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview (Photo courtesy Lasee campaign)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Republican state lawmakers are resigning to take jobs with Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

Sen. Frank Lasee, of De Pere, and Rep. Keith Ripp, of Lodi, are resigning Friday and will begin working for Walker on Monday. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says no special election is planned and instead the seats will be filled in the regular November election.

Lasee will become the administrator for the Department of Workforce Development's Worker's Compensation Division. He will make about $101,000, roughly double his legislator salary.

“It is an honor to have been asked by Governor Walker to serve as the Division Administrator for Worker’s Compensation in the Department of Workforce Development. I look forward to working with Secretary Allen and my co-workers in the Department of Workforce Development," Lasee said in a statement. “I thank my constituents and the people of Wisconsin for the honor and privilege of serving them and our state as their State Senator. I look forward to serving our state in my new role as Division Administrator for Worker’s Compensation.”

Ripp will become assistant deputy secretary at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. That is the No. 3 position at the agency. He will earn about $105,000.

Former state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf resigned her seat in November to take over as DATCP secretary.

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