Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Kathleen Vinehout’s decision in the gubernatorial race.

“Although she has made the decision not to pursue a run for governor at this time, Kathleen Vinehout remains a vital force in this Party and this movement.

“Senator Vinehout's travels around the state have helped to build the Party, engage the grassroots, and guide the conversation about how we can restore Wisconsin's proud progressive legacy and return our government to the people. Her advocacy for important issues added much to the debate we will have in our state this year and the energy and excitement she brought will contribute to the election of a Democratic Governor in November.

"Kathleen will continue to serve the people as an intellectual leader in the state Senate, where her thorough understanding of complex policy positions has helped to not only guide progressive legislation, but to call attention to Scott Walker’s dishonest budgets and culture of corruption.

"Without question, Wisconsin is a better place with Kathleen Vinehout in public service, and we look forward to hearing her strong progressive voice around the state as she continues her recovery."