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(J.R.H. 4)

Offered by:Representatives Bohi of Hartford, Campbell of Rockingham, Dunne of Hartland, Emmons of Springfield, Holmes of Bethel, Kendall of Woodstock, Lehman of Hartford, Lindgren of Springfield, Mackinnon of Sharon, Murphy of Ludlow, Kehler of Pomfret, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Richardson of Weathersfield, Seibert of Norwich, Suchmann of Chester and Sweaney of Windsor.

Whereas, Bob Harris spent his formative years in Tilton, New Hampshire but crossed the Connecticut River to attend Johnson State College, and

Whereas, deciding to permanently settle in the Green Mountain State, he fortuitously selected the friendly environs of Windsor, Vermont’s birthplace, to call his new home, and

Whereas, having studied American Government as a college student, and desiring to serve his fellow citizens, Bob Harris first successfully stood for election to the House of Representatives in 1976, and

Whereas, upon arriving in the grand little capital of Montpelier, he so tirelessly and devotedly worked on behalf of his constituency that the citizens of Windsor granted him the unusual and distinct privilege of serving them for nine legislative terms, and

Whereas, as a legislator, Bob Harris sought to improve the civic education of young Vermonters through his sponsorship of, and active effort to establish, the Windsor County Youth Court, and

Whereas, concerned that one of the most vital avenues of citizen democracy, the annual town meeting, was inaccessible to many Vermonters, he gallantly attempted to change its convening date to the first Saturday in March, and

Whereas, desirous to make the quadrennial presidential nominating process more inclusive, Bob Harris was a principal proponent of the successful drive to establish the binding Vermont Presidential Primary, and

Whereas, he was selected to chair the House Government Operations Committee, and

Whereas, deeply impressed with his leadership skills, and concern for the future of Vermont’s system of higher education, in 1996 his legislative colleagues overwhelmingly elected him to the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges, and

Whereas, while Bob Harris’s service in the House of Representatives was spent as a dedicated public servant on behalf of all Vermonters, he always remembered the citizens of Windsor who elected him to this sacred civic responsibility, and

Whereas, after 18 years of representing his constituency in Montpelier, he decided to conclude his legislative career and explore new endeavors with his lovely bride Marie, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding legacy of public service, inspired leadership and legislative accomplishment that were all hallmarks of Representative Robert J. Harris’s tenure in the Vermont House of Representatives, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to former Representative Robert J. Harris.