2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
January 28, 2022 - Introduced by Representatives Krug, Murphy, Armstrong,
Baldeh, Billings, Cabral-Guevara, Conley, Dittrich, Duchow, Edming,
Hesselbein, James, Loudenbeck, Mursau, Novak, Penterman, Petryk,
Shelton, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Subeck, Tranel, Vruwink and Wittke,
cosponsored by Senators Darling, Roth, Ballweg, Bernier, Bewley,
Carpenter, Cowles, Felzkowski, Kooyenga, Petrowski, Wanggaard and
Wimberger. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR121,1,2 1Relating to: honoring Governor Tommy Thompson as he prepares to depart from
2his role as interim president of the University of Wisconsin System.
AJR121,1,43 Whereas, the University of Wisconsin System found itself in need of a president
4in the spring of 2020, having conducted an unsuccessful search for a president; and
AJR121,1,75 Whereas, in June 2020, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin
6System announced that former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson had agreed
7to assume the presidency of the UW System on an interim basis; and
AJR121,1,108 Whereas, Governor Thompson filled this role in a time of extraordinary
9difficulty for higher education as campuses, students, faculty, and staff dealt with the
10coronavirus pandemic in addition to many other needs and challenges; and
AJR121,1,1311 Whereas, in 2020 and 2021, Governor Thompson provided much-needed
12leadership to and advocacy for the University of Wisconsin System, its campuses and
13programs, and its students, staff, and faculty; and
AJR121,2,314 Whereas, Governor Thompson assumed the role as interim University of
15Wisconsin System president at the age of 78 years following a long career of public

1service to the people and the State of Wisconsin, which service began in 1966 when
2he joined the Wisconsin National Guard and successfully ran for a seat in the
3Wisconsin State Assembly; and
AJR121,2,74 Whereas, Governor Thompson would go on to serve 20 years in the Wisconsin
5State Assembly, 14 years as governor of Wisconsin, and 4 years as secretary of the
6United States Department of Health and Human Services before accepting the
7interim presidency of the UW System in 2020; now, therefore, be it
AJR121,2,11 8Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
9State Legislature does hereby recognize and thank Governor Tommy Thompson for
10his exemplary service as interim president of the University of Wisconsin System
11and extends its best wishes to Governor Thompson as he departs this role.
AJR121,2,1212 (End)