Assembly Approves Legislation Honoring Rick Grobschmidt

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Congratulations to the Grobschmidt family for this terrific, and well-deserved, honor. From Rep. Jessie Rodriguez …

On Thursday evening, my colleagues and I unanimously approved Senate Bill 99, legislation that will name the bridge on the Hank Aaron State Trail after former state representative and senator, Richard Grobschmidt.

Rick was a lifelong resident of South Milwaukee and devoted public servant. He began his career in 1966 as a civics teacher at South Milwaukee High School. In 1985, he was elected to the state Assembly serving five terms before serving three terms in the state Senate. His accomplished career culminated in his role as Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Sadly, Rick passed away last year after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

During the public hearing last month, friends and family came to Madison to testify on SB 99, sharing heartwarming stories and fond memories that showed the positive impact Rick had on so many in our community.

Rick’s work ethic and fond memory will live on with the naming of the Richard A. Grobschmidt memorial bridge; a deserving honor for a great man.

Here is my previous post on this.

Thanks to Rep. Rodriguez and Sen. Chris Larson for shepherding this through the legislature. I will keep you posted on any fundraising necessary for the project.

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2 responses to “Assembly Approves Legislation Honoring Rick Grobschmidt

  1. Janet R Cook

    A well deserved honor. Rick was an awesome
    Individual who gave 100% to his fellowmen and family. Deeply missed by all who knew him.

  2. Marlene Ott

    I was fortunate to have taught with Rick when he worked at South Milwaukee High School. He inspired many of his students to participate in the political process through his classroom and later through his service. In today’s environment, we are reminded of what a genuine elected official who cared about all of the citizens of the state and worked to make lives better. He finished his public service in the State Department of Public Instruction joining another public servant, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, together fighting for public schools and our children and the people who worked there. His legacy will be maintained with this recognition. So sad that he was taken from his mission so young.

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