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Rep. Bill Kramer won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Embattled state Representative Bill Kramer will leave the Legislature after this year.

The Waukesha Republican recently lost his majority leader's post, amid allegations that he groped a female legislative aide in February at a fundraiser in Washington -- and then made harassing remarks to a female lobbyist on a plane ride home the next day.

The 49-year-old Kramer filed paperwork Monday with the state Government Accountability Board which announced he was not running this fall. His office has not commented further.

Kramer checked into a treatment center soon after the allegations hit the news. He has not appeared in public since.

Kramer was in his 8th year in the Legislature. His GOP Assembly colleagues elected him last fall as their majority leader.

Meantime, earlier Monday we learned that Sheboygan Assembly Republican Mike Endsley would not run for re-election this fall. The four-year incumbent said he wanted to explore new options in the private sector.

With Kramer's departure, 13 Assembly members have announced plans to leave their current posts after this fall -- eight Republicans and five Democrats. Of that group, two Republicans and four Democrats are seeking other offices.

The state Assembly currently has 60 Republicans and 39 Democrats.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)