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NO. R-59. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE ISSUING OF A COMMEMORATIVE UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMP IN HONOR OF FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR GEORGE D. AIKEN.

( J.R.S. 32)

Offered by: Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Brownell of Chittenden County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Ehrich of Bennington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ptashnik of Windsor County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County, Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Shumlin of Windham County.

Whereas, George D. Aiken served his state and nation as a distinguished public servant with honor and humility for over four decades, and

Whereas, he began his elected career in the Vermont House of Representatives, and rose to the positions of House Speaker, Lieutenant Governor and then Governor of Vermont, and ultimately from 1941 to 1975 served as United States Senator from the State of Vermont, and

Whereas, Governor Aiken served Vermont and the nation well with his support of such measures as the St. Lawrence Seaway, Aid for Women, Infants, and Children, Rural Electricification, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and other legislation which improved our lives and our country, and

Whereas, his independence and candor as exemplified by his early and politically courageous criticism of public policies during both the McCarthy era and the Vietnam War won him respect and admiration from Americans across the political spectrum, and

Whereas, he was a pioneering environmentalist through his numerous botanical contributions to Vermont, and

Whereas, his love for Vermont was best demonstrated by his lifelong devotion to his native Putney, and

Whereas, he was a man of truth and simplicity who represented the best qualities of Vermont, and

Whereas, he dedicated his life to the betterment of Vermont, and

Whereas, he strove to elevate American public life and policy to a height that would merit dignity and respect both at home and abroad, and

Whereas, when Vermonters tackle the issues of today, his common sense approach to problems and wise counsel are sorely missed, now therefore be it

Resolved by The Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly respectfully requests that the Vermont Congressional Delegation make every possible effort to have a United States postage stamp be issued in honor of the life and accomplishments of former United States Senator George D. Aiken, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State transmit copies of this resolution to each Senator and Representative from Vermont in the Congress of the United States and to the Postmaster General of the United States.