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2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
The life and public service of Kitty Rhodes
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
June 13, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Zimmerman, Jarchow, Stafsholt,
E. Brooks, Murphy, Jacque, Mursau, Kerkman, Milroy, Knodl, Quinn,
Spiros, Crowley, Sargent, Subeck, Berceau, Spreitzer, Brostoff, Pope and
Weatherston, cosponsored by Senators Harsdorf, Risser, Bewley, Olsen,
Carpenter and Cowles. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR60,1,1 1Relating to: honoring the life and public service of Secretary Kitty Rhoades.
AJR60,1,32 Whereas, Kitty Rhoades, a dedicated public servant, community and business
3leader, and loving wife and mother, passed away on June 18, 2016; and
AJR60,1,54 Whereas, Kitty was born to George and Joan Richie on April 7, 1951, in Hudson,
5Wisconsin, and graduated from Hudson High School in 1969; and
AJR60,1,86 Whereas, Kitty received a bachelor's degree from the University of
7Wisconsin–River Falls in 1973 and a Master's degree in education from Illinois State
8University in 1978; and
AJR60,1,109 Whereas, she began her professional career as a teacher of at-risk youth and
10as a small business owner; and
AJR60,1,1211 Whereas, Kitty served as the director of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and
12the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce in the Twin Cities; and
1Whereas, Kitty was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998 and
2proudly represented the people of the 30th Assembly District for 12 years; and
AJR60,2,53 Whereas, during her time in the Assembly, she held several leadership
4positions, including cochair of the Joint Committee on Finance and chair of the Aging
5and Long Term Care Committee; and
AJR60,2,76 Whereas, Kitty was named deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of
7Health Services in January 2011 and secretary in February 2013; and
AJR60,2,118 Whereas, in May 2014, Kitty was given the 2014 Outstanding Alzheimer's
9Advocate Award by the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin for her
10work in reforming the state's system of care for those living with Alzheimer's and
11other types of dementia; and
AJR60,2,1412 Whereas, throughout her career, Kitty advocated on behalf of the elderly;
13caregivers; and those with dementia, mental illness, and physical disabilities; now,
14therefore, be it
AJR60,2,17 15Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
16Wisconsin State Legislature join in honoring the life and public service of Kitty
17Rhoades and extend their condolences to her family and friends; and, be it further
AJR60,2,19 18Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this resolution
19to Frank Rhoades, Kitty's husband of 41 years.
AJR60,2,2020 (End)