2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 20, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Harsdorf, Vinehout, Risser, Carpenter,
Erpenbach, L. Taylor, Hansen, Marklein, Cowles, Olsen, Ringhand and
Nass, cosponsored by Representatives Stafsholt, Wachs, Barca, Doyle,
Petryk, Anderson, Berceau, Murphy, Brostoff, Steffen, Hesselbein, Krug,
Milroy, Mason, Genrich, Vruwink, E. Brooks, Subeck, Crowley, Horlacher,
Zamarripa, Sinicki and Summerfield. Referred to Committee on Senate
SJR38,1,1 1Relating to: the life and public service of Alvin J. Baldus.
SJR38,1,32 Whereas, Alvin “Al” James Baldus was born on April 27, 1926, in Garner, Iowa,
3and died on February 2, 2017, in Menomonie, Wisconsin; and
SJR38,1,54 Whereas, Mr. Baldus graduated from Elkton High School in Minnesota, and
5earned an A.A. from Austin Junior College in Austin, Minnesota, in 1946; and
SJR38,1,86 Whereas, Mr. Baldus served in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1944 to 1946,
7and was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, and for
8distinguished service was awarded the Bronze Service Star; and
SJR38,1,119 Whereas, Mr. Baldus was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving from
101967 to 1973, and elected again to the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving from 1989
11to 1997; and
SJR38,1,1312 Whereas, Mr. Baldus served as assistant majority leader in the Assembly and
13as chair of the Building Commission's Subcommittee on Higher Education; and
1Whereas, Mr. Baldus chaired the Assembly Committee on Securities and
2Corporate Policy and the Committee on Insurance, Securities and Corporate Policy
3and cochaired the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions; and
SJR38,2,54 Whereas, Mr. Baldus was named to the Wisconsin's Environmental Decade's
5Clean 16 for his leadership and vision on environmental issues in Wisconsin; and
SJR38,2,76 Whereas, Mr. Baldus was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1975
7and served in the 94th, 95th, and 96th Congresses; and
SJR38,2,98 Whereas, Mr. Baldus served as chair of the House Committee on Small
9Business' Subcommittee on Energy, Environment, Safety and Research; and
SJR38,2,1210 Whereas, Mr. Baldus served as chair of the House Committee on Agriculture's
11Subcommittee on Dairy and Poultry, passing legislation through Congress beneficial
12to farmers and their cooperatives; and
SJR38,2,1413 Whereas, Mr. Baldus mentored many staff members who went on to ably serve
14cooperatives and the state legislature; and
SJR38,2,1615 Whereas, upon returning to Wisconsin, Mr. Baldus served as Director of
16Government Affairs for Cenex; now, therefore, be it
SJR38,2,20 17Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the members of the
18Wisconsin Legislature commend the devoted public service that Alvin “Al” James
19Baldus contributed to this state and his community, express their sorrow at his
20death, and extend their condolences to his wife, Lolly, and family; and, be it further
SJR38,2,23 21Resolved, That the senate chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint
22resolution to Mr. Baldus's wife, Lolly, and children, Deborah, Bruce, Rebecca, John,
23and Daniel.
SJR38,2,2424 (End)