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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  63

House concurrent resolution honoring Representative Francis K. Brooks

Offered by:  Representatives Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 Cummings, Doyle, Scott, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White





Whereas, Representative Francis Brooks’ stirring oratorical presence has graced the floor of the Vermont House of Representatives since January 1983, and

Whereas, this illustrious member of the house journeyed from his native Alexandria, Virginia to Vermont in order to attend Norwich University from which he graduated in 1967, and in 1974, he earned a master’s degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and

Whereas, a generation of Montpelier High School students studied chemistry and physics under Francis Brooks’ careful instruction, and

Whereas, Francis Brooks’ extracurricular activities have included coaching the Montpelier High School Solons eight-man football team, singing with the Vermont Symphony Chorus, and regular participation in the events of the local Baptist Church, and

Whereas, Representative Francis Brooks has served on four legislative committees, including Appropriations, General and Military Affairs, which he chaired most ably during the 2005–2006 biennium, Judiciary, and Transportation, and

Whereas, legislators who have been privileged to serve with Representative Brooks on a committee can attest that on occasion, he has cited principles of physics to illustrate important points of public policy, and

Whereas, his colleagues in the Democratic caucus so admired Representative Brooks’ leadership and negotiating skills, they elected him to serve as their floor leader, and

Whereas, as a full-time resident of the capital city, he has attended and moved to adjourn numerous floor sessions convened exclusively to advance the house calendar, and

Whereas, during his nearly quarter-century of legislative service, the members of the house have become well acquainted with the wisdom of Representative Francis Brooks’ Daddy whose advice to the House, as relayed through his son, is always wise and germane, and

Whereas, on February 15, 2007, the general assembly elected Representative Francis Brooks to serve as its new sergeant at arms, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Representative Francis Brooks as he concludes his distinguished career as the member from Montpelier and begins his new role as the sergeant at arms, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative Francis Brooks of Montpelier.






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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont