State Rep. André Jacque announced his candidacy today for the recently vacated 1st State Senate District seat, which will be filled during the 2018 fall election.

Frank Lasee resigned from the Senate last week upon his appointment as administrator of the state Division of Worker Compensation. Jacque has represented the 2nd Assembly District since 2011.

“I am proud to have led and gotten results on a wide array of issues of importance to my constituents in the 2nd Assembly District, from defending the right to life and human dignity to regulatory reform and eliminating barriers to economic development, cutting costs for taxpayers and local government, attacking government waste and public benefit fraud, honoring our veterans, and cracking down on domestic violence, human trafficking and drunk driving,” Jacque, R-De Pere, said in making the announcement. “Running for the 1st Senate District offers the possibility to serve a greater number of my neighbors, to be a more effective voice for them – there is a lot more work to be done.”

Jacque said he has already been endorsed for the 1st Senate District seat by “a distinguished list of community leaders,” beginning with former state Sen. Alan Lasee, whom he identified as his campaign treasurer. Others include former state Rep. Garey Bies, former U.S. Rep. Toby Roth and current U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman.