Colleagues remember Sen. Rick Gudex as “good man”, “dedicated”


FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – Statements of condolences are remembering Wisconsin Sen. Rick Gudex as a “good man” and “dedicated public servant.”

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff says his office is investigating the 48-year-old Republican’s death, but there is no suspicion of foul play.

The senator served in the 18th District, but was not seeking re-election.

Here are statements from colleagues and others who worked with the Fond du Lac lawmaker:

GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R) – Wisconsin

“Tonette and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Rick Gudex. Rick was a good man who served his community and state well, and he will be missed. Our hearts and our prayers go out to his wife Kim and their two children during this difficult time.”

DAN FEYEN (R) – Candidate, Wisconsin Senate District 18

“At this difficult time, I am asking that the citizens of the State of Wisconsin keep State Senator Rick Gudex’s wife and family in their thoughts and prayers.  Rick Gudex was a dedicated public servant who will be deeply missed. His friendship and trust meant so much to me.  My wife Lori and I are praying for Rick’s wife, family, friends, and colleagues and asking that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

MARK HARRIS (D) – Candidate, Wisconsin Senate District 18

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of state Senator Rick Gudex. My condolences and sympathies go out to the Gudex family and their friends.”

SEN. SCOTT FITZGERALD (R) – State Senate Majority Leader

“I was deeply saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Senator Rick Gudex. Rick will be deeply missed by his Senate colleagues; our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

REP. GORDON HINTZ (D) – Wisconsin District 5

“Shocked & saddened by Sen. Gudex’s passing. Despite being on opposite sides of many issues, Rick was a good man and we worked together well.”

ANDREW LEAVITT – Chancellor, UW-Oshkosh

“My most profound and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Wisconsin State Senator Rick Gudex. He was both a friend and advocate of UW Oshkosh and his work had an impact on this institution, region and state. This is a great loss for us and for Wisconsin.”

SEN. CHRIS KAPENGA (R) – Wisconsin 33rd Senate District

“I am saddened by the loss of my colleague Rick Gudex, my prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

REP. ROBIN VOS (R) – Wisconsin Assembly Speaker

“On behalf of the Wisconsin State Assembly, we would like to send our prayers and condolences to the family of Sen. Rick Gudex.”

SEN. JENNIFER SCHILLING (D) – Wisconsin Senate District 32

“I am shocked and saddened to learn about the passing of my colleague Rick Gudex. I enjoyed serving with Rick in the Senate and will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.”

U.S. SEN. RON JOHNSON (R) – Wisconsin

“Sad news about my state senator, Rick Gudex. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

RUSS FEINGOLD (D) – Candidate for U.S. Senate

“I send my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of State Sen. Rick Gudex. He will surely be missed in Fond du Lac County.”

SEN. DUEY STROEBEL (R) – Wisconsin Senate District 20

“My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Gudex’s wife Kim and two kids. Rick has spent his life representing his local area. I respect Rick for his commitment to serve his community as a city councilman, mayor, and state senator. I will miss serving with Senator Gudex.”

SEN. ROGER ROTH (R) – Wisconsin Senate District 19

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Senator Gudex. Rick was a dedicated public servant, a respected colleague, and a good friend. He will be greatly missed by his fellow colleagues and staff at the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

SEN. DAVE HANSEN (D) – Wisconsin Senate District 30

“I was very saddened to hear of Senator Gudex’s passing.  Although we sat on different sides of the aisle I enjoyed working with him in the State Senate.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Gudex’s family in their time of loss.”