FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin State Sen. Rick Gudex died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. That’s what the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and medical examiner’s office are saying in the preliminary investigation of the state senator’s death.
Sheriff Mylan Fink said foul play is not suspected.
The senator’s body was found in the Town of Eden in Fond du Lac County around 1:34 Wednesday morning.
The Fond du Lac Republican was 48 years old.
He leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter.
Gudex was elected to the 18th District Senate seat in 2012.
In 2015, Gudex announced he would not seek re-election but intended to serve out the remainder of his term.
At the time, Gudex said he planned to return to the private sector. He spent more than 20 years in the manufacturing business.
Sen. Gudex served as Senate President Pro-Tempore and Chairman of the Senate Economic Development and Commerce Committee.
Gov. Scott Walker remembered Gudex with this statement: “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.”
Prior to his election to the state Senate, Gudex served as the mayor of Mayville and later president of the Fond du Lac City Council.
Gudex was born in Eden, Wisc. in 1968. He attended St. Mary’s Springs High School. After graduation, Gudex joined the work force.
Two candidates–Republican Dan Feyen and Democrat Mark Harris–are seeking election to the 18th District seat vacated by Gudex.
Feyen and Harris each released a statement on the death of Sen. Gudex:
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.” – Dan Feyen
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.” – Mark Harris