The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning on the tragic and unexpected passing of Sen. Rick Gudex: 

"Like many around the state, I was saddened to hear of the passing of State Senator Rick Gudex this morning. While we were from opposite political parties, I have a tremendous respect for his dedication to public service and willingness to step up and represent his community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues."