2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
November 4, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Spreitzer, Riemer, Anderson,
Bowen, Crowley, Goyke, Gruszynski, Hebl, Hintz, Kolste, McGuire,
Milroy, Neubauer, Pope, Shankland, Sinicki, Stubbs, Stuck, Subeck, C.
Taylor, Tusler, Vruwink and Zamarripa, cosponsored by Senators
Carpenter, Wirch, Larson and Risser. Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: commending the exemplary life and service of Justice John Paul
Whereas, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was born April 20, 1920, 4
in Chicago, Illinois, and passed on July 16, 2019; and
Whereas, Justice Stevens graduated with honors from the University of 6
Whereas, Justice Stevens left his studies to serve his country in the United 8
States Navy, enlisting on December 6th, 1941, earning the rank of Lieutenant 9
Commander and receiving a Bronze Star for his exceptional service; and
Whereas, upon the conclusion of his service, Justice Stevens returned to 11
Illinois, began studying law at the Northwestern University School of Law, and 12
graduated with the highest GPA in the history of the school in 1947; and
Whereas, Justice Stevens became a leading expert in antitrust laws, working 14
against monopoly overreach in industries across the country including serving as
associate counsel to an antitrust subcommittee of the United States House of 2
Whereas, Justice Stevens was a diligent litigator who was called upon to 4
investigate corruption in the Illinois Supreme Court, resulting in the prosecution of 5
both the former Chief Justice and then-current Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme 6
Whereas, Justice Stevens was appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court of 8
Appeals by President Richard Nixon in 1970, where he served until being nominated 9
for the Supreme Court of the United States by President Gerald Ford and 10
unanimously approved by the United States Senate in 1975; and
Whereas, Justice Stevens served as a model for all justices as his quiet humility 12
outside of the Supreme Court Chambers was paired with intense, deliberate 13
questioning that challenged all of those who came before the court and followed by 14
fearless dissenting opinions that were first drafted by Justice Stevens rather than 15
by a clerk; and
Whereas, Justice Stevens's history of thorough briefs included notable 17
decisions such as majority opinions in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources
18Defense Council, Inc.
, Clinton v. Jones
, Clinton v. City of New York
, Ferguson v. City
, Atkins v. Virginia
, Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, Inc.
20v. Village of Stratton
, Rasul v. Bush
, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
, and Massachusetts v.
21Environmental Protection Agency
, as well as his detailed and rigorous dissents in 22Bowers v. Hardwick
, Texas v. Johnson
, Bush v. Gore
, and District of Columbia v.
as well as his concurrence/dissents in Planned Parenthood v. Casey
and 24Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
; now, therefore, be it
1Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the members of the 2
Wisconsin legislature recognize the exemplary service Justice John Paul Stevens 3
rendered to our country through his sustained diligence and belief in the ability of 4
the United States to strive to meet the lofty ideals laid out in our Constitution.