1999 Assembly Joint Resolution 118
Relating to: the life and public service of John R. Devitt.
Whereas, John R. Devitt was born in Milwaukee on August 13, 1917, and died in Milwaukee on January 31, 2000; and
Whereas, John R. Devitt graduated from Holy Rosary Grade School, Marquette University High School, Marquette University and Marquette Law School; and
Whereas, he began practicing law in Milwaukee in 1941; and
Whereas, he was elected to serve in the 1945 Wisconsin assembly, where he was a member of the Judiciary Committee; and
Whereas, as a member of the assembly, he demonstrated a particular interest in issues surrounding the organization of local government; and
Whereas, immediately after the assembly adjourned in June 1945, he departed for army training; and
Whereas, he received a special leave from the army to return to Wisconsin for the July 1946 special session of the legislature; and
Whereas, after his discharge from the army, he returned to his law practice; and
Whereas, in 1955, John Devitt was appointed to the county legal office, beginning many years of valuable service to Milwaukee County; and
Whereas, his life was marked by continued devotion to his church, his party and his late wife, Elizabeth; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the Wisconsin legislature salute the life and public service of John R. Devitt and mourn his passing; and, be it further
Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint resolution to John's son, Neal.