Senator Pam Galloway resigns

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by Dustin Vrab

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An aide to a top Republican lawmaker says state Sen. Pam Galloway is resigning to deal with health issues in her family.

Andrew Welhouse is a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. He confirmed Galloway's resignation Friday, and said the Wausau Republican's decision has "nothing whatsoever" to do with the recall election she faces this summer.

Welhouse says two members of her immediate family are dealing with "significant challenges." He says he's not sure when her resignation becomes effective.

A message left with Galloway's office was not immediately returned.

Republicans have a 17-16 majority in the Senate. Galloway and three other GOP state senators were set to face recall elections this summer because they supported a proposal last year that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

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