Former Wisconsin State Senate President Mike Ellis passes away

Flags are expected to be placed at half-staff in the coming days in Wisconsin after the death of former Wisconsin State Senator Mike Ellis.

The Republican, who served out of Neenah, has passed away. He served 44 years with the Wisconsin State Legislature, 32 years in the State Senate.

WBAY-TV says that Ellis started his noteworthy career in politics in the late 1960's and 1970's as a member of the Neenah Common Council before serving the State Assembly in 1970.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Ellis had been caught on tape "setting up an illegal political action committee to attack his Democratic opponent" in a 2014 Senate race. Ellis dropped out of the race soon afterward.

Governor Scott Walker gave these thoughts on Ellis' passing.

“Tonette and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Mike Ellis. He was a giant in the Legislature and a bigger-than-life personality in Wisconsin politics. I enjoyed serving with him as a lawmaker and as governor. We were just on the radio together recently and I love his wit and passion. He will be missed by so many of us. Tonette and I send our prayers to his entire family.”

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