Rep. Ed Brooks wins lifetime achievement award

August 17, 2018

Rep. Ed Brooks of the 50th Assembly District was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts on behalf of town interests. He is the first person in over three decades to receive the award.

“On rare occasion the WTA will recognize the persistent, long term dedication to town government that has been exhibited by Representative Ed Brooks,” Said Wisconsin Towns Association Executive Director Mike Koles. “It has been over three decades since such a distinction has been provided.”

The WTA is a statewide nonprofit association of member town and village governments in Wisconsin. The organization promotes local government to protect the interest of towns.

Ed Brooks announced May 14 he would not be running for reelection after 10 years of service in the Assembly, citing his health as “the determining factor” in his decision not to run.

Republican Tony Kurtz will instead face off against Democrat Art Shrader in the Nov. 6 general election.

“Ed’s service as a town official since 1979, including 33 years as chairperson, his dedication to the Sauk County Unit of WTA as vice-chair, and his 10 year state legislative career are significant headlines, but it is Ed’s quiet, but strong and consistent voice supporting the common person just trying to do their best to serve citizens that separates him from most others in state and local government,” Koles said.

Representative Brooks was presented a plaque that read “In Recognition of a Lifetime of Steadfast Dedication to Town Government, Local Control, and Collaboration with Citizen Leaders and Entrepreneurs, together Striving to Just Simply do the Best for Representative Democracy.”

State Senator Howard Marklein, whose Senate District overlaps with Brooks’ Assembly District voiced approval for Brooks receiving the WTA Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Ed Brooks,” Marlklein said. “He has certainly earned the Towns Association Lifetime Achievement Award. It is well deserved. Ed has consistently been a powerful advocate for our rural communities. His background in town government has brought incredible value to our work on behalf of our communities. I will sincerely miss him in the legislature, but plan to tap into his expertise.”

Juneau County Chairman Alan Peterson described Brooks as “a very good man” and praised his accessibility and involvement in local government.

Originally from Baraboo, Brooks served in the US Army Reserve for six years, was a town of Reedsburg supervisor and chair before going on to represent Assembly District 50 in the Wisconsin Legislature.

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