Rep. Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, is the majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly. He represents the 5th Assembly District.

KAUKAUNA — State Rep. Jim Steineke of Kaukauna announced today that he will not seek re-election to the state Assembly in the fall of 2022.

“Serving as an elected representative has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life,” said Steineke in a news release. “However, I firmly believe the time has come to pass the torch and allow for others in our community to step forward and serve their neighbors.”

Previously a supervisor in the Town of Vandenbroek and a member of the Outagamie County Board, Steineke was first elected to represent the 5th Assembly district in November of 2010.


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In 2012, he was selected by his peers to serve as the assistant majority leader and in 2014 he was elected to serve as Assembly Majority Leader – a role which he has won four consecutive terms and maintains to this day.

“The continuing support I have received in this role from the community has been incredible and I’d like to thank the voters for continuing to place their trust in me as their representative,” he said. That’s made this decision even more difficult. The encouragement I’ve received from my wife and children through the past 10 years has been truly tremendous, and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.”

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.