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October 18th, 2019



The Blue Books are in!

The 2019-2020 Blue Book has arrived! In it is a list of all state elected officials and their information, as well as important information and statistics about our state government. If you would like one, please reply to this email with your name and address, and I will send one to you free of charge.

 Wisconsin Eye Interview

On Thursday, Rep. Shankland and I sat down with Wisconsin Eye’s Senior Producer Steve Walters to discuss what we learned when we traveled the state as part of the Water Quality Task Force. I also got to sign a portion of the wall in their studio as well, which is a rite of passage for those that they interview. Click here to watch the video. Thank you for having me!

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Dairy Business Association Visit

Did you know, that in the 51st assembly district, we have the most cheese factories in the entire state? Earlier this week, the Dairy Business Association stopped in to discuss policies that help keep Wisconsin friendly to dairy farms, and to keep the production of Wisconsin’s state dairy product strong. I heard from Steve Schalla, John Holevoel, Dave Buholzer, and Brian Gerrits. Thank you for stopping by!

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Our District's First Responders

When the Wisconsin State Assembly honored 99 recipients of the "First Responder of the Year" award last week, state legislators were also paying tribute to all first responders in our state. Unfortunately, there wasn't time or space to bring forward every nominee.  As you may have read, Mr. Al Michek was recognized for the 51st Assembly District for his 47 years of service. One of the things that I value about being an elected official is having the opportunity to be able to recognize citizens who have gone above and beyond in their service to their community like Al. We also had four worthy first responders who were nominated for the award too.

Daniel Nufer serves as chief of the Green County EMS which is a volunteer Paramedic Ambulance Service in Monroe. He oversees daily operations, is rarely not on-call, coordinates volunteers, is involved in training, and works on the rapid-response/intercept vehicle. He also trains and educates new EMT’s, and in the words of the person who nominated him, “He is a teacher at heart and has a knack for teaching in the moment without compromising patient care for a minute…he helped me learn to take lead, but was always right there if I got stumped or was unsure how to proceed.”

Donna Flannery has been a first responder for South Wayne for over 18 years, and has been serving Green and Lafayette Counties as well as her community. She has gone out of her way to help all of the EMS squads in Green and Lafayette Counties. In the words of her nominator “She is always there to help anyone and to listen to what they have to say without judgement”.

Gary Weiss has served as chief and as a basic EMT for Plain EMS. He has been serving since 1977. From what the person who nominated him said, “Gary has committed himself to both the volunteer ambulance and fire services of the Plain community for the past 40+ years.” Thank you Gary, and all longtime EMS/First Responders for your many years of service.

Jennifer Ramsden Carey has served as the Legal Secretary for the Iowa County District Attorney’s Office for over 20 years, all the while serving as a volunteer EMT for Dodgeville and Highland. Earlier this year, the district attorney collapsed at work, and Jennifer began to do chest compressions, where she revived him so that an ambulance could arrive. What was remarkable about this was that she was a trusted employee AND personal friend, and still she reacted as she had been trained. After he was taken away, she left the office and drove to Madison to be with his wife and offer comfort to her. Although the district attorney passed away at the hospital, Jennifer’s actions allowed for him to have another hour of life and the comfort of a friend before he took his last breath. “Jennifer exemplifies the very best of our local EMT's and the jobs they do every day”. Thank you for springing into action, Jennifer. This is heroism.

Thank you to all of our first responders for making our communities safe. It is people like them who are our model citizens. We appreciate all of the hard work you do; whether it is during the weekend, the night, holidays, in the rain, snow, or cold, your selfless work is what helps to make our communities safe. Thank you again.

Have a Great Weekend!