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Governor
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Advice and consent of the Senate
Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that all appointments, with the exception of John Scocos and Cathy Stepp, be taken up en masse.
hist31995ANDERSON, SECRETARY ELOISE of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist31996BILDSTEN, SECRETARY PETER of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist31997BRANCEL, SECRETARY BEN of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist31998CHANDLER, SECRETARY RICK of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Revenue, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist31999GARY, GEORGE of Milwaukee, as a Savings and loan experience on the Savings Institutions Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2019.
hist32000GOTTLIEB, SECRETARY MARK of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Transportation, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32001HALL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REED of Madison, as Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32002HANSON, GAIL of Oconomowoc, as a Public Member 5 on the Deferred Compensation Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2018.
hist32003HUEBSCH, SECRETARY MICHAEL of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Administration, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32004KLETT, SECRETARY STEPHANIE of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Tourism, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32005MAIN, EDWARD D. of Madison, as a Public Member 2 on the Deferred Compensation Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.
hist32006NEWSON, SECRETARY REGGIE J. of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32007NICKEL, TED of Madison, as Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32008OLSON, JAMES of Appleton, as a 5+ years of experience 3 on the Savings Institutions Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2019.
hist32009RHOADES, SECRETARY KITTY of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Health Services, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32010ROSS, SECRETARY DAVE of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32011ZIMMERMAN, ARTHUR of Madison, as a Public Member 4 on the Deferred Compensation Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.
The question was: Confirmation en masse?
The ayes and noes were required and the vote was: ayes, 30; noes, 0; absent or not voting, 2; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Bewley, Carpenter, Cowles, Erpenbach, Farrow, S. Fitzgerald, Gudex, Hansen, Harris Dodd, Harsdorf, Lasee, Lassa, Lazich, LeMahieu, Marklein, Miller, Moulton, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Risser, Roth, Shilling, L. Taylor, Tiffany, Vinehout, Vukmir, Wanggaard and Wirch - 30.
Noes - None.
Absent or not voting - Senators Darling and C. Larson - 2.
Confirmed.
SCOCOS, SECRETARY JOHN
Of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32012The question was: Confirmation?
The ayes and noes were required and the vote was: ayes, 29; noes, 1; absent or not voting, 2; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Bewley, Carpenter, Cowles, Erpenbach, Farrow, S. Fitzgerald, Gudex, Hansen, Harris Dodd, Harsdorf, Lasee, Lazich, LeMahieu, Marklein, Miller, Moulton, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Risser, Roth, Shilling, L. Taylor, Tiffany, Vinehout, Vukmir, Wanggaard and Wirch - 29.
Noes - Senator Lassa - 1.
Absent or not voting - Senators Darling and C. Larson - 2.
Confirmed.
STEPP, SECRETARY CATHY
Of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
hist32014The question was: Confirmation?
The ayes and noes were required and the vote was: ayes, 17; noes, 13; absent or not voting, 2; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Cowles, Farrow, S. Fitzgerald, Gudex, Harsdorf, Lasee, Lazich, LeMahieu, Marklein, Moulton, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Roth, L. Taylor, Tiffany and Vukmir - 17.
Noes - Senators Bewley, Carpenter, Erpenbach, Hansen, Harris Dodd, Lassa, Miller, Ringhand, Risser, Shilling, Vinehout, Wanggaard and Wirch - 13.
Absent or not voting - Senators Darling and C. Larson - 2.
Confirmed.
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Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading
Senate Joint Resolution 5
Relating to: honoring the life and public service of David Earl Paulson.
hist32017Adopted by unanimous rising vote.
hist32018Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that all members of the Senate be added as coauthors of Senate Joint Resolution 5.
Senate Joint Resolution 6
Relating to: the public service of Laura Rose.
hist32020The question was: Adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 6?
The ayes and noes were demanded and the vote was: ayes, 30; noes, 0; absent or not voting, 2; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Bewley, Carpenter, Cowles, Erpenbach, Farrow, S. Fitzgerald, Gudex, Hansen, Harris Dodd, Harsdorf, Lasee, Lassa, Lazich, LeMahieu, Marklein, Miller, Moulton, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Risser, Roth, Shilling, L. Taylor, Tiffany, Vinehout, Vukmir, Wanggaard and Wirch - 30.
Noes - None.
Absent or not voting - Senators Darling and C. Larson - 2.
Adopted.
hist32021Senator Shilling, with unanimous consent, asked that all members of the Senate be added as coauthors of Senate Joint Resolution 6.
Senate Joint Resolution 7
Relating to: the life and service of Annette Polly Williams.
hist32023Senator Vukmir, with unanimous consent, asked that all members of the Senate be added as coauthors of Senate Joint Resolution 7.
hist32024Adopted by unanimous rising vote.
Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that all action be immediately messaged to the Assembly:
hist32025Senate Joint Resolution 5
hist32026Senate Joint Resolution 6
hist32027Senate Joint Resolution 7
Messaged.
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Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills
Senate Bill 6
Relating to: Legislative Audit Bureau access to documents maintained by state agencies and authorizing the Government Accountability Board to provide investigatory records to the Legislative Audit Bureau.
hist32028Read a second time.
hist32029Ordered to a third reading.
hist32030Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that the bill be considered for final action at this time.
Senate Bill 6
hist32031Read a third time.
hist32032Passed.
Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that all action be immediately messaged to the Assembly:
hist32033Senate Bill 6
Messaged.
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Announcements, Adjournment Honors, and Remarks Under
Special Privilege
Senator Vukmir, with unanimous consent, asked that when the Senate adjourns, it do so in honor of Peggy Troy. On January 1, 2015, Peggy was elected as chairman of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees, who are the voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals across the country. Peggy has spent 40 years in the health care industry. She has witnessed the trends and changes in health care and the impact they have had on how children’s hospitals address the health care needs of their patients. Peggy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University in 1974 and a master’s in Nursing from DePaul University in Chicago. While still attending Marquette, her first nursing job was serving as a nurse intern at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Peggy served as executive vice president and COO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and president and CEO of Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, both in Memphis, and president of Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth. In January of 2009, she returned to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as the President and CEO. She has served on the national board of Children’s Hospital Association and is regularly invited to Washington, D.C. to meet with public and elected officials regarding pediatric health care policy. Peggy is also a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and serves as a director on the boards of Marquette University, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Teach America and the Wisconsin Hospital Association. As the Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees, Peggy will have the opportunity to further advocate for all children in order to protect, improve and advocate for the health of our country’s children. She says she never imagined doing anything other than working with kids. She doesn’t know of any profession that could be more satisfying and her entire career has been focused on this passion. Congratulations Peggy Troy, for an entire career spent on improving the lives and health care of our children.
Senator Taylor, with unanimous consent, asked that when the Senate adjourns, it do so in honor of Black History Month.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that when the Senate adjourns, it do so in honor of Kevin Cronin, who passed away Sunday after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Kevin was one of the most selfless volunteers that Wisconsin politics has ever seen. When Senator Wanggaard first ran for the State Senate, Kevin was one of his biggest supporters. Many of his colleagues from southeast Wisconsin can say the same thing. Every day he came into the office and Kevin would be there, working tirelessly, making phone calls and always making everyone around him laugh. Whether it was the County Fair, Chocolatefest, Fall Fest, Lincoln Day Dinners, or county caucuses, Kevin was there giving his time and all of his effort to fight for what he believed in. He didn’t just work hard in politics, but also in his daily life. He was an employee at Case-New Holland, a job that he loved. He would never turn down extra hours and prided himself on his work ethic. Kevin also served his country and state in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Kevin had his share of ups and downs, but despite the challenges, he faced his cancer diagnosis head on, always positive and always smiling right up until the end. He was respectful and kind to everyone regardless of where you stood in politics, unless you dissed his beloved Chicago Bears, then he would have some “choice” words for you. A few years ago Kevin posted this status on Facebook after making it through some hard times, and I think it’s fitting for how he lived his life. He said, “When one door closes, another door opens. Tomorrow starts the next chapter in the life and times of Kevin Cronin. I rode the storm out.” And ride the storm out he did. As one of his close friends said, "he rode out of here on a big white lion of a blizzard." Thank you for your dedication and service, Kevin. You will truly be missed.
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