By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch
MADISON - Rep. Mark Honadel announced his intentions to resign from the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday after serving six terms in office. Honadel will plan to leave the Legislature in mid-September to pursue opportunities in the private sector.
In an official statement, Honadel said: “It has been an extreme honor and pleasure to serve my constituents as their voice in Madison. On their behalf I helped enact significant reforms that balanced the state budget without raising taxes, held the line on property taxes, and created a state surplus.” He also stated that: “I am pleased to have worked hard on many other meaningful bills that have benefited our state’s economy and way of life for the people of Wisconsin. Most recently, The Mining for Jobs Act passed earlier this year will allow responsible and safe use of our natural resources and create thousands of good-paying jobs around our state.”
In 2003, Mark Honadel was first elected to the Assembly during a special election. According to a statement issued by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Hondael became the first Republican in over 70 years to win election to the 21st Assembly District. Vos also said that Honadel’s victory in 2003 signaled the beginning of the modern revolt on property taxes. Mark campaigned on a property tax freeze as a centerpiece issue during his first election ten years ago. He went on to win over 61 percent of the vote that year along with winning re-election five times.
Born in Milwaukee, Honadel graduated from Oak Creek High School in 1974. He later attended both Marquette University and Milwaukee Area Technical College. Before his election to the Assembly, he worked as a Professional Metal Fabricator, Welding Instructor, and as an Industrial Manager. The 21st Assembly District includes the cities of South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, and a portion of Franklin.