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2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Tommy Thompson Day
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
June 14, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Vos, Barca, Krug, Steineke,
Steffen, Tranel, Vorpagel, Spiros, Kooyenga, Kulp, Kitchens, Rohrkaste,
Hutton, Felzkowski, Tittl, Gannon, Nygren, Allen, August, Ballweg,
Bernier, Born, Brandtjen, E. Brooks, R. Brooks, Duchow, Edming,
Horlacher, Jacque, Jagler, Jarchow, Katsma, Kerkman, Kleefisch, Knodl,
Kremer, Kuglitsch, Loudenbeck, Macco, Murphy, Mursau, Nerison,
Neylon, Novak, Ott, Petersen, Petryk, Pronschinske, Quinn, Ripp,
Rodriguez, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Skowronski, Snyder, Stafsholt,
Summerfield, Swearingen, Tauchen, Thiesfeldt, Tusler, VanderMeer,
Weatherston, Wichgers, Zimmerman, Berceau, Vruwink and Sargent,
cosponsored by Senators Fitzgerald, Darling, Wanggaard, Harsdorf,
Petrowski, Cowles, Moulton and Nass. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR61,1,1 1Relating to: recognizing November 19 as Tommy G. Thompson Day in Wisconsin.
AJR61,1,72 Whereas, Governor Tommy George Thompson, a man dedicated to the service
3of his state and country, has worked throughout his life to advance the public good,
4having been employed as an attorney and having served in both the Wisconsin Army
5National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves, as a Wisconsin state representative,
6as governor of Wisconsin, and as United States Secretary of Health and Human
7Services; and
AJR61,1,108 Whereas, Governor Thompson served with honor and distinction and was
9elected to four terms as the governor of Wisconsin, a record unsurpassed in the
10history of Wisconsin governors; and
AJR61,1,1211 Whereas, in 1987, when Tommy Thompson was inaugurated governor, he
12inherited a complex state with diverse interests and economic needs; and
1Whereas, Governor Thompson worked in a bipartisan manner to enact his bold,
2groundbreaking agenda of welfare reform, school choice, and health care reform,
3which led to an unprecedented reduction in welfare in Wisconsin and a rebuilding
4of Wisconsin's economy; and
AJR61,2,75 Whereas, Governor Thompson pioneered the first welfare-to-work
6law—Wisconsin Works, or W2—which provided state-supported aid to working
7families, and ultimately became a national model for welfare reform; and
AJR61,2,108 Whereas, Thompson's commitment to an active social policy agenda helped
9expand the number of low-income, working Wisconsinites who were able to receive
10health care coverage; and
AJR61,2,1311 Whereas, Thompson's dedication to education brought the nation's first school
12choice program to Wisconsin, broadening education options for all Wisconsin
13students; and
AJR61,2,1514 Whereas, Thompson's tireless years of service in Wisconsin government
15instilled the tradition of civic involvement for all Wisconsinites; and
AJR61,2,1816 Whereas, Thompson's lifelong dedication to the state of Wisconsin and his
17never-ending optimism have ensured that Wisconsin has been and always will be
18moving forward; now, therefore, be it
AJR61,2,21 19Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
20Legislature hereby recognizes November 19, 2017, and subsequent yearly
21anniversaries as “Tommy G. Thompson Day.”
AJR61,2,2222 (End)