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SUPERIOR - A long–time Northland senator is preparing to leave his seat after 31 years of representing northwest Wisconsin.
Sen. Bob Jauch, of Poplar, announced Wednesday that he will not be seeking re-election in 2014.Local politicians spoke out about his career.
"His impact here has been positive with regard to what we have expressed for his assistance to the community," said Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen.
City leaders say Sen. Jauch may be retiring, but part of his legacy will leave behind buildings, like the Bong Heritage Center and Swenson Hall.
"So, a lot of the physical development that's happened here over the last 10 to 15 years is really a result of some of the support that we've received from Senator Jauch," said Lynne Williams, communications director at UWS.
"You can really say that a place like the Bong Center really reflects the need for a lot of different levels of politics to work together, and people like Bob Jauch, you know, they're masters of bringing those different levels of politics together," said Bob Fuhrman, with the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.
Senator Jauch says he's proud many of his career achievements have been bipartisan because he says these types of collaborations aren't happening easily anymore.