2005 - 2006 LEGISLATURE
May 4, 2005 - Introduced by Senators Hansen, Miller, Robson and Taylor,
cosponsored by Representatives Nelson, Krawczyk, Molepske, Turner,
Boyle, Seidel, Lehman, Vos, Berceau, Sheridan
and Albers. Referred to
Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR24,1,1 1Relating to: the life and public service of Ruth Chickering Clusen.
SJR24,1,42 Whereas, Ruth Chickering Clusen was born in 1922 in the town of Bruce in
3Rusk County, graduated from high school in Eau Claire at age 15, and became a
4teacher 3 years later; and
SJR24,1,7 5Whereas, Ruth Chickering married Donald Clusen in 1945 and settled in the
6Green Bay area in 1946; Donald became a teacher at the state reformatory, retiring
7as warden with the Green Bay Correctional Institution; and
SJR24,1,10 8Whereas, Ms. Clusen joined the local League of Women Voters in Green Bay,
9serving as environmental chairman for 8 years and going on to serve as its national
10president from 1974 to 1978; and
SJR24,1,13 11Whereas, in 1976, Ms. Clusen helped arrange the first League of Women
12Voters-sponsored presidential debates between candidates, Jimmy Carter and
13Gerald Ford, and served as moderator; and
1Whereas, Ms. Clusen was recruited by President Jimmy Carter to serve as
2assistant secretary of energy for the environment in the U.S. Department of Energy
3from 1978-1981; and
SJR24,2,11 4Whereas, Ms. Clusen was named to the U.S. delegation to the first United
5Nations Conference on Women in 1975 in Mexico City, was named Woman of the Year
6in politics and government by the Ladies Home Journal in 1977, was named
7International Conservationist of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation in
81978, traveled extensively in Europe and Asia as a U.S. State Department
9representative speaking on the role of women in American politics, served on the
10Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin from 1983 to 1992, and was a
11candidate to represent the 8th Congressional District in 1982; now, therefore, be it
SJR24,2,15 12Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the members of the
13Wisconsin legislature commend the devoted public service of Ruth Chickering
14Clusen, express their sorrow at her death, and extend their condolences to her family
15and friends; and, be it further
SJR24,2,18 16Resolved, That the senate chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint
17resolution to Ms. Clusen's husband, Donald; and daughters, Kathryn Clusen and
18Elizabeth Joannes.
SJR24,2,1919 (End)