Democrat Kind elected to 10th term in US House

Democrat Ron Kind has won a 10th term representing western Wisconsin in the U.S. House.

Kind, of La Crosse, defeated Republican Tony Kurtz on Tuesday. Kurtz is an Army veteran who now farms in Prairie du Chien. It was his first run for a major office.

“It was a great experience,” Kurtz told News 8 after conceding the race to Kind. “I wouldn’t change anything, so I’m very proud of what we’ve done.”

Kurtz said he wouldn’t rule out another run for Congress in the future.

“I’m very strong about what we need to do as a country,” Kurtz said. “I’m very serious when I say I’m a person of action and that’s what our country needs right now.”

Kind was first elected to Congress in 1996 after working as a prosecutor in La Crosse County.

“It’s such an honor to be able to represent my home area in a place like the United States Congress, especially now when the challenge is so great,” Kind told News 8 on Election Night. “There’s such a yearning for elected officials to start coming together, start making some decisions and get this economy fully functioning.”

Kind has been mentioned as a possible candidate to run for the U.S. Senate against Ron Johnson in 2016.

U.S. House of Representatives Wisconsin – District 3