Former Senate Deputy Leader Geoff Michel not running again
March 5, 2012 — 2:02pm
Former Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel told constituents on Monday that he will not run for re-election.
"Both my family and my employer have been very patient, flexible, and supportive of me for the past ten years. It’s time for me to return their support and focus on a family future that is getting busier every year and may include four college tuitions," the Edina Republican told constituents.
His decision means that neither of the top members of the Senate leadership team of last year will be back next year. Former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch previously announced her retirement.
Both lost leadership posts in the wake of a scandal in which Koch admitted that she had an affair with a subordinate staffer in the Senate. Koch stepped down from her post after confronted about the affair. Michel lost his leadership position in the Senate elections that followed.
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