Gov. Walker asks lawmakers to name Fox Crossing interchange in honor of Mike Ellis
Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday will ask the state Legislature to name the newly expanded Interstate 41/U.S. 10/State 441 interchange in Fox Crossing in honor of former state Sen. Mike Ellis.
“Mike Ellis was a larger-than-life personality who loved Wisconsin and passionately served the people for more than 45 years,” Walker said in a news release. “Today, as we gather in Neenah to celebrate Mike’s life, I am announcing that I will include in our budget, or will sign a bill drafted by the Legislature, naming the brand new I-41/U.S. 10/WIS 441 interchange in his honor — whichever comes first."
Walker said the recognition "would be a fitting tribute for a man who contributed so much to his community and his state.”
Ellis died July 20 at age 77. A celebration-of-life gathering will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ballroom at Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Cameron Way, in Neenah. A eulogy will be given at 7:30 p.m.
Walker ordered flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday in Ellis' honor.
Ellis spent 44 years in the Legislature — 12 in the Assembly and 32 in the Senate — and served as Senate majority leader, minority leader and president. He championed the Fox Cities and worked to secure funding for the reconstruction and expansion of the I-41/U.S. 10/State 441 interchange, which was completed earlier this summer.
Senate President Roger Roth, R–Appleton, and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R–Neenah, said they would introduce legislation to name the interchange after Ellis.
“Representative Rohrkaste and I are honored for this to be the first bill we introduce next session," Roth said in a statement.