State Sen. Alberta Darling announced Wednesday she is retiring after 32 years in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Darling, R-River Hills, will retire on Dec. 1. She spent more than two decades on the Legislature’s powerful budget committee and said her nearly 10 years as the committee’s co-chair makes her the longest-serving woman to hold the position. Darling was also one of the original authors of the state’s school choice program — the first of its kind in the nation.

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