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NO. R-9.  House concurrent resolution in memory of the late Representative Rosemary “Rozo” McLaughlin.


Offered by: Representatives French of Randolph, Ainsworth of Royalton, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington


Offered by: Senators Campbell, McCormack, Nitka, Ayer, Bartlett, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, Miller, Mullin, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

Whereas, the late Representative Rozo McLaughlin of South Royalton served as the member from the Windsor-Orange 1 House district, comprising the towns of Royalton and Tunbridge, during the 2003–2004 and 2005–2006 legislative bienniums, and

Whereas, her familiarity with this district was undeniable as she was born on Hitching Post Farm in the town of Royalton and resided in this municipality for her entire life, except during the two academic years she attended Reed College in Oregon, and

Whereas, she had graduated from both South Royalton High School and Vermont Technical College prior to her western academic sojourn, and

Whereas, growing up on her family farm, Rozo McLaughlin developed a deep appreciation for our state’s agricultural heritage and a strong work ethic, and

Whereas, prior to standing for a seat in the House of Representatives, she exhibited a dedication to civic service as a member of Royalton’s school board and of the selectboard and as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, her commitment to improving public education and sustaining Vermont’s family farms inspired Rozo McLaughlin to seek a seat in the House of Representatives, even though Royalton and Tunbridge had not usually selected Democrats for membership in the state's larger legislative chamber, and

Whereas, Rozo McLaughlin’s personal roots in the district and her effective and neighborly style of campaigning enabled this first-time state legislative candidate to emerge triumphantly on election day, November 2002 and again in 2004, and

Whereas, on her arrival in Montpelier, she was assigned to the House Committee on Education on which she applied her experience as a school board member to the tasks at hand, and

Whereas, Representative McLaughlin’s passion for promoting agricultural products and interest in child nutrition led to her advocacy on behalf of H.456, “An act relating to use of Vermont products and nutrition education in schools,” and her efforts helped lead to the legislation’s enactment as Act No. 145 of the 2005 Adjourned Session, and

Whereas, this much-admired solon’s and horse riding instructor’s life was cut short tragically when she died of cancer on October 30, 2006, and

Whereas, her husband, Tom, and daughter, Katie, brought Representative McLaughlin great comfort during the difficult final weeks of her life, and

Whereas, her colleagues in the General Assembly and many acquaintances in Windsor County have lost a special friend, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of the late Representative Rosemary McLaughlin, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to her husband and daughter in Royalton.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont