NO. R-148. House concurrent resolution honoring the former member from Craftsbury, Robert E. Kinsey.
Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Rodgers of Glover, Westman of Cambridge, Emmons of Springfield, Hudson of Lyndon, Morley of Barton, O'Donnell of Vernon and Seibert of Norwich.
Whereas, for many decades, Robert “Bob” Kinsey tilled the soil on his Craftsbury farm and tapped his maple trees, following a Kinsey family agricultural tradition that dates back many generations, and
Whereas, his commitment to education did not end when he graduated from high school, and at the age of 43, he earned an undergraduate degree from Lyndon State College, and
Whereas, after graduating from college, Bob Kinsey ran for a seat in the House of Representatives where his knowledge, political skill, and endearing personality would lead to his election as majority leader, and
Whereas, he later served on the prestigious House Committee on Appropriations and shared the responsibility of reporting and defending the big bill on the floor of the House, and
Whereas, a sure sign of spring, and an annual favorite of the pages, was the appearance of Representative Kinsey’s baby ducks on the floor beside his House seat prior to their placement on his pond located in Craftsbury adjacent to his famous teepee, and
Whereas, during his three decades as a member of the House, Bob Kinsey earned the respect and welcomed the friendship of legislators from across the political spectrum, and
Whereas, when an issue arose that struck him as one of basic conscience, he voted as he saw right, regardless of the personal political consequences, and
Whereas, both during and after his legislative service, he was active in the life of his community, holding memberships in the Vermont Farm Bureau and the Cabot Cooperative Creamery, and
Whereas, long active in his church, Bob Kinsey had served as an elder of the United Presbyterian Church in East Craftsbury, and
Whereas, the member from Craftsbury viewed his legislative role as a solemn civic responsibility with which the voters of his district had entrusted him, and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly, who were privileged to have known Bob Kinsey, have fond memories of his presence in the State House, and his death marks the end of an extraordinary Vermonter’s life, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly marks with sadness the passing of the former member from Craftsbury, Robert E. Kinsey, and extends its sincere sympathies to his family, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Eunice Kinsey in Craftsbury.
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