Legislative Committee Purpose:

The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to represent The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin with the State Legislature, and contact Congress on matters of interest to Wisconsin Veterans as long as contact does not conflict with the National American Legion policy. This committee shall make recommendations to the Department Convention and to the Department Executive Committee, and in general supervise the legislative program of the Department. This committee has exclusive responsibility for petitioning the State Legislature on behalf of or in opposition to all legislation in which The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is interested. This committee shall select the Department Legislator of the Year. The Committee meets 3 times a year, at the Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.


Paul Fisk, Chair - Lodi

Nathan Bond, Vice Chair - Williams Bay

Cathy Gorst, Member - Marshfield

Jerry Krofta, Member - Wisconsin Rapids

Ed Cooper, Member - New Richmond

Mark Degner, Member - Plymouth

Keith Lovell, DEC Liaison

The Department Judge Advocate is a Consultant to the Committee.


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On this day in 1919, The American Legion is federally chartered, which authorizes the as-yet unincorporated organization to proceed to the adoption of a constitution and bylaws, elect officers “and do all other things necessary” as outlined in U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapters 41-50. Under Chapter 43, “Purposes of corporation,” much of the language is borrowed from the original draft Preamble to The American Legion Constitution with some notable deviations, such as “to promote peace and good will among the peoples of the United States and all the nations of the earth” and “to cement the ties and comradeship born of service.” The original charter outlines the powers and authority of the organization, membership criteria, naming rights, exclusivity to manufacture and use The American Legion emblem, and a requirement that “the organization shall be nonpolitical and, as an organization, shall not promote the candidacy of any person seeking public office.” #AmericanLegionDay ... See MoreSee Less