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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  330

House concurrent resolution honoring House Speaker Walter E. Freed of Dorset for his distinguished legislative service on behalf of the citizens of Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Symington of Jericho, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hube of Londonderry and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, in 1992, Walter Freed, a future Speaker of the House to be sure, was first elected to the General Assembly as the member from Dorset, and

Whereas, his Republican legislative colleagues, upon his arrival at the State House, recognized his leadership potential, and he was elected chair of the freshman Republican Caucus, and

Whereas, the following biennium, the House Republican Caucus acknowledged that Representative Freed was now prepared to proceed forward along the leadership path by elevating the sophomore solon to the position of minority whip, and

Whereas, after a single term as his caucus’s number two leader, in 1997, his fellow Republican representatives elected him to serve as their party’s leader and be the primary spokesperson for his caucus on the floor of the House and before the public at large, and

Whereas, in 2001, Walter E. Freed of Dorset became the 93rd individual that the members of the House chose to serve as their Speaker, and the first Speaker elected in the new millennium, and

Whereas, his colleagues again placed their trust in him to lead the House forthrightly and fairly when he was reelected for a second biennial term in 2003, and

Whereas, while Speaker Freed has approached his floor duties with a seriousness of purpose, he has also demonstrated a knack for humor by occasionally replying to parliamentary and informational inquiries from the floor with witty retorts, and

Whereas, although the formal business of the House occurs within the State House’s walls, the members enjoy the opportunity to participate in nonpartisan recreational activities, such as a friendly game of softball, and

Whereas, in the waning days of the 2004 biennium, in a legislative softball game played on the Montpelier High School diamond, the Speaker demonstrated his talents at bat, and in the field, as he turned in one of the game’s most energetic and enthusiastic performances, and



Whereas, Speaker Freed has announced that when he bangs the gavel to adjourn the 2004 Biennium sine die, he will be concluding his twelve-year tenure as a member of the House and, by so doing, reminding us all that the General Assembly is first and foremost a citizen legislature, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Speaker Walter E. Freed of Dorset for his distinguished legislative service on behalf of the citizens of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Speaker Walter E. Freed in Dorset.


____________________________              Attested to:

Walter E. Freed

Speaker of the House


____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                                    Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                                Clerk, House of Representatives       




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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont