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

KAUKAUNA — Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) announced today he is resigning early from the state Assembly before his term ends after the November election.

In a news release, Steineke said he will step down effective at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

The Assembly currently is not in session, and it’s unlikely to be again this session as lawmakers focus on the election.

In the upcoming Aug. 9, 2022 election, Joseph “Joey” Van Deurzen is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for Steineke’s 5th Assembly District seat.

Joy Goeben, Tim Greenwood and Kraig Knaack are running in the Republican primary with the top vote getter advancing to the November election to face Van Deurzen.

Absentee ballots for the Aug. 9 primary are currently being mailed to those who request them, and in person voting at the Kaukauna city clerk’s office begins Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

Following a recent court ruling, absentee ballots can only be returned by mail or in person at the city clerk’s office.

Information on where to vote or how to request a ballot can by found at HERE.

Steineke released the following statement: “After announcing in January that I would not be
seeking another term, my goal has been to continue to work for the people of my district and the
state as long as there was a possibility of further action in the legislature. Now that it is clear that
there will likely be no further legislative sessions, it’s time to move on to pursue interests in the
private sector.”

Steineke added, “My time in the legislature has been incredibly rewarding, and it has been an
honor to be trusted by the people of the 5th district to represent their voices in Madison, and I
want to thank them for their support over the years. I want to further thank my colleagues both
past and present for their friendship and their dedication to making Wisconsin a better place to
live, work and raise a family. I’m proud to have served with them. Finally, to my staff over the
years, you’re all amazing people that worked incredibly hard for me and the people of the state.
Your service will never be forgotten.”

His office in the Capitol will be open and staffed for constituent relations and can be reached by
calling 608-266-2418.



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By Dan Plutchak

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