Mike Ellis, you were one of a kind

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Longtime state Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) died today. He was 77.

Ellis hired me as Communications Director of the now defunct Senate Republican Caucus in the late 90’s. He wasn’t just my boss. After covering and interviewing him many times while at I was at WTMJ he was also a good friend.

During the years I worked for the caucus before I moved to Senator Mary Lazich’s office  I recorded each and every state Senate session from start to finish. If anyone has those tapes they’re chalk full of the best, most colorful speeches on the floor of the Senate that Ellis became famous for.

Here’s a great story about Ellis from 2015.

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