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Packer Great, Bart Starr, Honored in Green Bay

On Thanksgiving Day, I had the wonderful honor and privilege of presenting the Legislative Joint Resolution honoring Bart Starr to his wife, Cherry, and son, Bart, Jr., for Bart and his family's contributions to the people of Wisconsin, both on and off the field. Over 1,500 excited fans packed into the ballroom at the Green Bay Hyatt to support Rawhide, a faith-based 501(c)(3) recognized charity offering programs for at risk youth in Wisconsin, at their third annual "Chalk Talk" fundraising event which featured a live interview with Brett Favre.

After a delicious turkey and trimmings lunch, Rawhide Director John Solberg introduced U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Wisconsin State Senator Rob Cowles, Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt, and myself as we thanked the Starr family for their work and support of multiple charitable organizations that have positively changed the lives of thousands of Wisconsin residents. My remarks centered on the Starr's many decades of living witness and service to two verses from Scripture:

Genesis 12:2: "I will bless you and make you famous...and you will be a blessing to others."

Luke 12:48: “Much is required from the person to whom much is given; much more is required from the person to whom much more is given.”

If you wish to watch the ceremony, please visit the Rawhide website at http://www.rawhide.org/

My thanks go out to Bart, Cherry, Bart, Jr., John Solberg, Senator Cowles, and the Green Bay Packers organization. It was a pleasure to tour Rawhide the day before the event and present plaques of the Joint Resolution to them and also the Vince Lombardi Cancer Research Center and the Packers Administrative Office. Even though the Packers did not win the game that night, it was a thrill to watch Bart and Cherry take the field at Lambeau one more time to honor the retirement of Brett Favre's number 4 jersey.

Please keep Bart and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they continue his therapy to recover from strokes and heart attack. He is an amazing man whom I am very proud and honored to call a mentor, role model, and friend.


Executive Residence 2015 Holiday Tour Schedule Announced

From the office of Governor Walker:

Governor Scott Walker’s office announced the 2015 holiday tour schedule for the Executive Residence. Holiday tours allow guests to view the Executive Residence’s beautiful decorations and festive scenery. The unique decorations found throughout the main rooms on the first floor are crafted by Wisconsinites from all over the state.

“The decorations are incredible this year,” said Governor Walker. “The Executive Residence belongs to the people of Wisconsin and we are excited to welcome them inside for holiday tours once again to share in the festive decorations.”

“Every year, the displays just get better and better,” added First Lady Tonette Walker. “We’d like to thank all of the designers who donate their time, talents and décor to fill each room of the residence with breathtaking displays of holiday cheer, as well as the designers and landscapers who create a Christmas wonderland outside for all to enjoy.”

2015 Holiday Designers include:  

  • Hawks Nursery of Wauwatosa
  • Impressions by Esther Fleming of Milwaukee
  • Milaeger’s of Racine
  • The Bruce Company of Middleton
  • Edgewater Greenhouse of Portage
  • Designs of the Interior of Green Bay
  • The Wisconsin National Guard

Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker have partnered with Second Harvest Foodbank and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up Campaign again this year to promote the generous spirit of the holiday season. Non-perishable food items and warm weather items, including new or gently-used mittens, hats, scarves, coats, sweaters, jackets, and snow pants are happily accepted at the residence before and after the tours and will be donated to those in need.

2015 Holiday Open House Schedule:  

  • Thursday, December 3: Noon – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 4: Noon – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 5: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Wednesday, December 9: Noon – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 10: Noon – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

The Executive Residence is located at 99 Cambridge Road on Madison’s northeast side in the Village of Maple Bluff. Tours are free of charge, and cameras are allowed. Parties of 20 or more are asked to make a reservation by calling (608) 246-5501. Parking is available directly outside the residence gates. The Executive Residence is handicapped accessible, and handicapped parking is available upon request at the time of arrival.

The 2015 Wisconsin State Capitol Christmas tree was lit today, Friday, December 4, 2015.  This 40-foot balsam fir will be in the rotunda of the State Capitol during this holiday season.  The tree was donated by the Kowieski family of Rhinelander.  Brad Kowieski planted the balsam fir on his parent's property in 1985 on Arbor day when he was just a 4th grader.  This year's tree is decorated with ornaments made my school students and the ornaments celebrate Wisconsin sports. 



Governor Scott Walker Holds Press Conference to Encourage Public Awareness During the Holidays
Governor Walker and Major General Don Dunbar Promote “See Something, Say Something” Campaign in Wisconsin

From the office of Governor Walker:

Governor Scott Walker joined Major General Don Dunbar, law enforcement representatives, and representatives from the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council today to remind Wisconsin citizens to be vigilant this holiday season and report any suspicious activity.

“It’s incredibly important for Wisconsinites to be aware of their surroundings, especially during the holiday season when we attend special events, shop for our loved ones, and travel,” Governor Walker said. “If you see something that doesn’t look right or someone is acting suspicious, contact the local authorities. Please don’t hesitate to speak up. Citizen tips help our law enforcement officers do their job to keep Wisconsin and our communities safe.”

In 2012, Governor Walker launched the “See Something, Say Something” campaign in Wisconsin. The national “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This simple and effective program raises public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime and emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.

“The role of law enforcement is to protect our state and our nation. However, everyone can help by reporting suspicious activities,” said Major General Don Dunbar, the Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “Suspicious activities could be an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place, a vehicle that is parked in a strange location, or someone who is acting unusual.”

The Wisconsin “See Something, Say Something” campaign is coordinated by the state’s two fusion centers – the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis Center (STAC) in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center (WSIC) in Madison. Both fusion centers serve local, county, and state public safety customers by sharing intelligence, offering training on the behaviors and indicators of terrorism, protecting Wisconsin’s critical infrastructure through risk assessments, and analyzing national threat information as it relates to Wisconsin.

If someone sees something suspicious, they should contact their local law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1. Information can also be submitted through Wisconsin’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign called WiWatch. Tips can either be submitted electronically and anonymously at www.wiwatch.org or by calling a law enforcement agent at 1-877-WI-WATCH (1-877-949-2824).

Open Records Request

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Under Wisconsin State Statute 19.31-19.39 I am required to provide the requested information. Please keep in mind that all communications to public officials are considered public records. If you have ever communicated with an assembly or senate office, please be aware that your communication and your information may be subject to open records requests.

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Events Around the 93rd Assembly District

Thank you all for letting us know about upcoming events in the 93rd Assembly District.  It is my pleasure to share them with others through this newsletter.  If you have an event, please share them with me a month in advance and my staff and I will do our best to share in our e-update.  


A Christmas Greeting
December 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church, Eau Claire
Tickets $10

Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild – A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 4-5, 2015
The Grand Theatre, Eau Claire

Hometown Holiday In Pepin
December 4-6, 2015
Pepin, WI

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre: Jingle Arrgh The Way
December 4-6, 2015
The Oxford, Eau Claire

Old Fashioned Country Christmas
December 5, 2015, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Maiden Rock, WI

Concert Fundraiser:  Bob's House for Dogs

Sunday December 6th, 6:00 p.m.

First Lutheran Church, Eau Claire

$10 admission (donated to Bob's House)

Jingle, Jingle Come and Mingle! Pierce Pepin Co-Op Services Open House
December 8, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pierce Pepin Cooperative Service, Ellsworth


93rd Assembly District Local Resources

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City of Eau Claire:

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce:

Village of Ellsworth:

Prescott Chamber of Commerce:

City of Prescott:

Menomonie Chamber of Commerce:

City of Menomonie:

Village of Spring Valley:


The Village of Pepin:

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