Republican state senator to run for open congressional seat representing northeastern Wisconsin

Andre Jacque of De Pere has served in the Wisconsin Senate for 6 years

Sen. Andre Jacque
Sen. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, has proposed legislation in Wisconsin that would ban gain-of-function research on potential pandemic pathogens at institutions of higher education and would require disclosure to the Department of Health Services prior to beginning research of any kind on potential pandemic pathogens. He is seen during Gov. Tony Evers’ State of the State address at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Feb. 15, 2022. Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Watch

A Republican state senator announced Monday that he will run for an open congressional seat representing northeastern Wisconsin.

Andre Jacque of De Pere announced Monday that he will run for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Mike Gallagher.

Gallagher abruptly announced last month he won’t seek reelection after he angered his fellow Republicans by refusing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

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Jacque was first elected to the state Assembly in 2010. He has served in the state Senate since 2018 and has built a reputation as a staunch conservative.

Former state Sen. Roger Roth of Appleton announced his candidacy just hours after Gallagher said he won’t run again.

Republican consultant Alex Bruesewitz also is considering a run.

The 8th Congressional District includes the cities of Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh and leans heavily Republican.