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After five years of representing the 62nd State Assembly District, Tom Weatherston will be retiring after his term ends in 2019.

Weatherston, who is 68-years-old, said that he will not seek re-election this fall because it was “time to take life a little easier.

Having been elected in 2012, Weatherston said his decision was based on personal reasons. This included the death of his wife April in 2016. She died from an acute form of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell. Since then, Weatherston has become a grandfather. But he is also building a new home and is now engaged.

“I have served my Country, my Village and now my State, it is time for another to take up the task,” said Weatherston, a Vietnam vet who also has served on the Caledonia Village Board.

House Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement:

“I would like to thank my friend and colleague for his service to the Wisconsin State Assembly. It has been a privilege working with him and advancing our shared priorities for Racine County and the state. As an Air Force veteran, he has been a strong advocate for Wisconsin veterans throughout his three terms in office. I’m also grateful for his work to bring more career opportunities to our state and Racine County.”

Weatherston first ran in 2012 against Melissa Lemke where Weatherston received about 56 percent of the vote. In the 2014 and 2016 elections, he ran unopposed. Since being in office, Weatherston has served on a number of committees, including energy and utilities, financial institutions, transportation, veterans and military affairs, urban education, and workforce development.

He also served on the Caledonia Utility District Commission from 2011 to 13 and as a Caledonia village trustee from 2010 to 13.

“Tom has been a public servant for the last decade. I’m happy that he can now spend more time with his fiancé, Theresa, enjoy his hobbies and travel more often, especially to see his son and his family in Colorado. I want to wish him and his family the very best in their future.”

Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) thanked Weatherston for his service.

“I am glad he will continue to be a fixture in our area and wish Tom the best in a well-earned retirement,” he said.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.