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NO. R-327.  House concurrent resolution in memory of former speaker of the house and lieutenant governor John Burgess of Brattleboro.


Offered by:  Representatives Milkey of Brattleboro, Edwards of Brattleboro, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, O’Donnell of Vernon, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, 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, Crawford of Burke, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, 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, French of Randolph, 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, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, 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 Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, 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, 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, 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, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, 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 White, Shumlin, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Snelling and Starr

Whereas, John “Jack” Burgess was a leader in the civic life of Brattleboro, the town where he resided for over 50 years, Windham County, and the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and a law degree from Northeastern University, and he was a prominent member of the state bar for half a century, and

Whereas, on the county level, Jack Burgess served as Windham County state’s attorney from 1952 to 1957, prosecuting numerous criminal cases, and

Whereas, he served in a variety of local government roles, including Brattleboro town agent and attorney and moderator of the Brattleboro Union High School district, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont called upon Jack Burgess’ legal expertise as a special counsel to the Vermont highway board and as a member of the constitutional revision commission, and

Whereas, the Brattleboro electorate sent him to serve in the House of Representatives in 1968, and he was appointed to chair the committee on the judiciary, and

Whereas, in 1969, his fellow colleagues were so impressed with his leadership, legal, parliamentary, and political skills that after only one term as the member from Brattleboro, Jack Burgess was elected speaker of the House and presided with expertise and fairness, and

Whereas, in 1970, Jack Burgess was elected to the first of two terms as lieutenant governor, serving first as senate president with fellow Republican Dean Davis as governor, and then a second term during which Democrat Tom Salmon sat in the governor’s chair, and he worked cooperatively with each of these officials in the best interest of the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, Jack Burgess held numerous leadership positions in professional, charitable, and civic organizations, both in Brattleboro and statewide, including a term as president of the University of Vermont Alumni Association, and

Whereas, he was a bomber navigator in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, served our nation in uniform again during the Korean War, and eventually rose to the rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and

Whereas, his life of public service and civic leadership can serve as a model for others, and

Whereas, his family includes his wife, Ronda, of Keene New Hampshire, his children, Frederick of Concord, New Hampshire and Helen of Aiken, South Carolina, and a granddaughter, Laura, of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of former speaker of the house and lieutenant governor John Burgess on his death, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his wife, to each of his children, and to his granddaughter.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont