Rep. Grigsby won't seek re-election for fifth term

Rep. Tamara Grigsby. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rep. Grigsby won't seek re-election for fifth term

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Apr 17, 2012

MADISON- Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) announced Tuesday that she plans to step down at the end of her term rather than seek re-election for a fifth term.

"I've been honored to serve as a voice for the 18th Assembly District. In my almost eight years as a State Representative, working with my colleagues in the Legislature on issues important to my constituents brought me endless joy and satisfaction. I am proud of much of what we accomplished," Grigsby said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, the incivility and lack of compassion that characterized the 2011-2012 Legislative Session affected my health. After much soul-searching, I have decided that this is a good time for me to be of service in new ways. I intend to fully regain my strength and return as an even more powerful voice for others. In the meantime, I will continue to champion causes that are important to me and my community," wrote Grigsby.

According to her statement, "She will continue advocating for changes to the institutions that affect struggling people throughout Wisconsin."

The Milwaukee Democrat suffered health problems as she was rushed to intensive care in December with an undisclosed illness.  She was in a coma, her condition described as grave.

"It was very, very serious and luckily I had very good doctors and an unbelievable support system," said Grigsby.

She was diagnosed with cancer last year.  But Grigsby says she is now cancer free, and that her recent illness was related to having a weakened immune system.