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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

 11:33 AM 

Assembly honors Hilgenberg

The Assembly passed a resolution honoring former Rep. Steve Hilgenberg, who died March 27 after a four-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

Hilgenberg, a Democrat from Dodgeville, served two terms in the Assembly before bowing out last fall. He was remembered today by his colleagues as a gentle man who worked across the aisle to serve his district.

Rep. Howard Marklein, the Spring Green Republican who won his seat, remembered Hilgenberg as a dedicated public servant with a great sense of humor.

"He was just a very good human being," Marklein said.

Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, called Hilgenberg "one of the most principled people I have ever had the opportunity to work with in any capacity."

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca remembered Hilgenberg as a veteran, business owner and pubic servant who "brought each of those values to his job every day." Barca lauded Hilgenberg for "fairness, justice and fighting for Wisconsin values."

Hilgenberg's daughter, Molly Mayo-Hilgenberg Herr, said her father would have been humbled by the tribute. His family was presented with a citation and a U.S. and Wisconsin state flag.

UPDATE: 12:54 p.m. -- The Senate approved the resolution this afternoon as every member stood for a moment of silence to show their support.


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