Rep. Sargent Seeking Open State Senate Seat



By Pat Kreitlow

January 22, 2020

She looks to succeed Sen. Mark Miller who announced retirement Tuesday

Dane County State Rep. Melissa Sargent formally declared her candidacy for State Senate in the 16th District, she said in Wednesday morning announcement and video clip.

Incumbent Mark Miller, D-Monona, said in Tuesday floor speech in the Senate chambers that he would not seek another term this November after 16 years in the upper house and six years prior in the Assembly. Sargent said she knew Miller was nearing an announcement about retiring and spoke to him on Monday about her intention to seek the post.

Representing the 48th District for the past seven years, Sargent is also a former two-term member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

UpNorthNews reporter Jessica VanEgeren provided announcement updates via Twitter:

Rep. Sargent Seeking Open State Senate Seat
Rep. Sargent Seeking Open State Senate Seat
Rep. Sargent Seeking Open State Senate Seat

According to her announcement, Sargent “…owned a small business and worked in the private sector.” She resides in Madison’s northside neighborhood.

Former state representative and gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys told UpNorthNews she is considering a run for the Senate seat as well.


  • Pat Kreitlow

    The Founding Editor of UpNorthNews, Pat was a familiar presence on radio and TV stations in western Wisconsin before serving in the state Legislature. After a brief stint living in the Caribbean, Pat and wife returned to Chippewa Falls to be closer to their growing group of grandchildren. He now serves as UNN's chief political correspondent and host of UpNorthNews Radio, airing weekday mornings 6 a.m.-8 a.m on the Civic Media radio network and the UpNorthNews Facebook page.



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