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November 8th, 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.

League of Municipalities Visit

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This week, I had the opportunity to meet with the Barb Daus (President), Eileen Nickels (Council Pro Tem.), Eli Cline (student), Robin Cline (council), and Nicole Mauer of the City of Platteville, as well as Amy Barnes, Clerk of the Village of Blanchardville, as part of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Lobby Day at the capitol on Wednesday. We discussed ideas for legislation that will support our local governments. Thanks for stopping by!

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Constituents Testify in Committee

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Thank you to Green County Clerk Mike Doyle, Treasurer Sherri Hawkins, and Pleasant View Nursing Home Administrator Terri Snow for coming to the Capitol on Wednesday to testify on a bill that allows for the use of an estimate of a net new construction numbers when planning for a referendum.

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Remembering Ed Brooks

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On Thursday, the assembly passed a resolution authored by myself, Rep. Kurtz, Rep. Tranel, and Sen. Marklein, honoring one of my former colleagues, the late Representative Ed Brooks, who passed away last April after a battle with Leukemia. Ed was born on July 1, 1942, in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He graduated from Webb High School (Reedsburg) in 1960, and graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1965. Ed married his loving wife, Barbara Wolfgram Brooks, in 1966, raising three daughters, Kelli, Lisa, and Julie, together during their marriage of 52 years.

Ed lived a life in service of others. He worked as a loan officer for Production Credit Association, and as a county supervisor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a short time after graduating from UW-Madison, before returning to the farm and his true passion, dairy farming. He also served as chair of Foremost Farms USA, the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives chair, the National Milk Producers Board vice-chair, a 4-H Club leader, and as St. John Lutheran Church Council president.

He began life in public service at the local level after having been elected to the Reedsburg Town Board in 1979. He became the Town of Reedsburg chair in 1985, and served in that role for 34 years before being elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008 where he served for five terms. During his time in the assembly, Ed served as the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Local Government in 2017-18, and chairman of the Assembly Committee on Urban and Local Affairs in 2011-16.

He championed rural and local affairs—working to see that residents in rural Wisconsin were recognized as a valuable resource to the state, and was an advocate for rural schools, funding for rural broadband and town roads. Thank you Ed for your service to the people of the 50th district and Wisconsin, and for being a shining example of what a life in service looks like.

Have a Great Weekend!