Updates from the State Senate - March 6, 2017



Robert Cowles


Serving Wisconsin's 2nd Senate District







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Appearance on Newsmaker Sunday


Did you catch me yesterday on Local Fiveís Newsmaker Sunday? I sat down with Tom Zalaski to discuss many current legislative issues, including the Leading on Lead Act, the recent Wisconsin State Highway Program Audit, Wisconsinís energy future, and more. To watch the segment, click on the image below.


Highway Program Audit Hearing

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, which I Co-Chair, held a hearing on the Wisconsin State Highway Program Audit. The hearing revealed that the Department of Transportation is working on sweeping changes in the administration of highway construction projects. While the indications from the hearing are positive, as a committee we are working on legislative changes to assist the Department of Transportation, while holding them more accountable to the taxpayers of Wisconsin.


To learn more about the audit, read my press release or view the audit highlights.

Commemorating the Life of John Glenn

On Monday, February 20th, I introduced a Senate Joint Resolution for co-sponsorship to honor the life of an American hero, John Glenn. As a member of Congress, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn exemplifies the ideal public servant and a true patriot. I am proud to have 21 of my colleagues joining me through co-sponsorship in honoring his life. The Resolution is on the calendar to be voted on tomorrow.


To read the Senate Joint Resolution commemorating John Glenn, click on the image to the right.


St. Norbert College Historic District


On Thursday, February 23rd, the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board approved the St. Norbert College Historic District. St. Norbert College was founded on the banks of the Fox River in 1898, and has continually proven vital not only to higher education, but to community building in the city of De Pere and the greater Green Bay area. I personally know the impact this college has on the community, with two of my staff members, Jason Mugnaini and Toni Herkert having graduated from St. Norbert College.


This District consists of 10 buildings on the campusís historic core dating back to 1890, including the St. Joseph Church, a high Victorian Gothic style chapel constructed in 1890, and the Main Hall, a Romanesque style building constructed in 1903. This District will help to further identify and commemorate the historic core of the campus while the college and the community continue to grow. I was happy to write a letter of support for this request which will help to preserve and promote part of Northeast Wisconsinís history.


Civil Air Patrol Meeting


Last month, I attended a meeting of the Brown County Civil Air Patrol and learned more about the services this nonprofit auxiliary wing of the Air Force preforms, including promoting aerospace education, developing Wisconsinís youth, and responding to local emergencies. During the meeting, Captain Chris Thetreau, the Commander of the Brown County Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol awarded me the honorary rank of Major in the Legislative Squadron. Thank you to the Civil Air Patrol for hosting me.




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Senator Robert Cowles




Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882 | Office: 118 South, State Capitol

Office: (800) 334-1465 | District: (920) 448-5092 | Sen.Cowles@legis.wisconsin.gov