State Representative Annette Polly Williams surprised many this past weekend with her announcement of retiring from public office. Rep. Williams released a statement on Saturday, May 22 that she will not seek re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly. After 30 years of service to the people of Wisconsin, she said that she feels that it is time for her to retire and move on to the next phase of her life.
Rep. Williams expressed her gratitude for the time that she has served her constituency. She has fought for and has helped to win several major battles that have improved the quality of life and education for the residents of Milwaukee.
Elected in 1980, she is currently the longest serving woman in the history of the State of Wisconsin. Rep. Williams, who is a product of the struggles of the 1950’s and 1960’s, fought in the State Legislature on issues affecting her constituency with the same ferver that won the civil rights movement.
Senator Spencer Coggs released the following statement regarding the retirement of Representative Annette Polly Williams:
“Having been elected to the Assembly the term after Polly, I was grateful to have two strong role models in her and my Aunt Marcia as I began my legislative career. While we are sad to see Rep. Williams leave the Legislature, there is no doubt that she has more than earned her “life after the legislature.”
He continued, “I wish her and her family all the best. Her retirement leaves big shoes to fill in an attempt to match her dedication and knowledge.”
She plans to spend more time with her family and church, while staying involved in the community and continuing to fight for issues relating to children and their families. Her retirement from public office will also give her an opportunity to spend more time with her family, which includes 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.