Interesting to see prominent Democrats 'retiring' rather then face the public ire in a general election. Could be conicidence, but I don't think that Mr. Obey, who has been a Washington icon for years, would willingly step aside at the high point of his career... Just sayin'
Obey has done an excellent job as even those who did not always agree with him will tell you. Even though Democrats hold a numerical advantage at the both the U.S. and Wisconsin level, the bulk of those leaving are Republicans.
Those who have already announced they aren't coming back for another term are:
Rep. Steve Hilgenberg (D-Dodgeville);
Rep. Kitty Rhoades (R-Hudson);
Rep. Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin);
Sen. Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield);
Sen. Alan Lasee (R-De Pere);
Sen. Judy Robson (D-Beloit);
Rep. Chuck Benedict (D-Beloit)
Rep. Brett Davis (R-Oregon), who is running for lieutenant governor;
Rep. Don Friske (R-Merill);
Rep. Thomas Lothian (R-Williams Bay);
Rep. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), who is running against U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, an Appleton Democrat;
Rep. Gary Sherman (D-Port Wing), who is taking an appointment on an appeals court;
Rep. John Townsend (R-Fond du Lac);
Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), who is running against Sen. Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa);
Rep. Rich Zipperer (R-City of Pewaukee), who is running for Kanavas's Senate seat.