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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 198

House concurrent resolution in memory of Representative Cola Hudson, the dean of the House of Representatives

Offered by:  All members of the House of Representatives

Offered by:  All members of the Senate

Whereas, Representative Cola Hudson’s house district encompassed his hometown of Lyndon and the adjoining communities of Burke and Sutton, and

Whereas, regardless of the specific towns he represented, Representative Cola Hudson was truly the member from the Kingdom, and took a keen interest and pride in advocating on behalf of the citizens who reside in the rural communities located in the northeastern corner of Vermont, and

Whereas, throughout his 81 years, Cola Hudson resided on his family’s farm in Lyndon and was deeply connected to the land that his family had farmed for generations, and

Whereas, Cola Hudson graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1944, and he later actively served for many years on the independent school’s board of trustees and the board’s executive committee, and

Whereas, aside from farming, Cola Hudson was employed at the Lyndon Elementary School as a custodian, and

Whereas, seeking to broaden his horizons, Cola Hudson enrolled in courses at Lyndon State College where he studied with history professor and veteran northeast kingdom legislator, Graham Newell, who inspired the Lyndon resident to stand for election to the house in 1972, and

Whereas, in January 1973, Cola Hudson proudly took the two state representatives’ oaths of office for the first of an eventual 18 times, and

Whereas, during his 35-year career in the house, Representative Cola Hudson served primarily on the committee on government operations, which he chaired twice from 1981 to 1984 and again from 2001 to 2005, and he also sat on the committee on municipal corporations and elections during the 1987 and 1989 bienniums, and

Whereas, as a member of the committee on government operations, he was a leading protector of the Northeast Kingdom’s legislative seats during several rounds of legislative reapportionment, and, among other accomplishments, played a leading role in the establishment of the Vermont Film Commission, and

Whereas, Representative Hudson would carefully listen to house floor debates, and then, shortly before a vote, offer pithy and pointed remarks on the matter at hand that made it abundantly clear to all where this Vermonter stood on the issue, and

Whereas, his legislative colleagues’ great respect for Representative Cola Hudson was demonstrated in their electing him to the board of trustees of state colleges, and

Whereas, Representative Hudson had been a master of the West Burke Grange, belonged to Farm Bureau, served as a deacon of the Lyndon Center Baptist Church, and was a loyal member of the Republican Party, serving on the party’s Lyndon town and Caledonia County committees and as a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and

Whereas, on Sunday, January 20, 2008, an era in the history of the Vermont General Assembly came to a conclusion when the dean of the house, Representative Cola Hudson, the member from Lyndon who loved the institution of the house with all his heart and soul, died, and

Whereas, his voice will be absent, but hardly forgotten, in future house debates, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is deeply saddened at the passing of the dean of the House and expresses its sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Representative Cola Hudson, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his cousin, Larry Ruggles of Barnet, to the Lyndon Institute, to the Lyndon Town School, and to the Lyndon town clerk.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont