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Counting Our Blessings

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives, reconnect with relatives, and enjoy traditional end-of-harvest fare. As 2015 begins to come to a close, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunities that I have had over the past year. It was a pleasure to serve the constituents of the 99th Assembly District over the past four years, and I am enjoying the opportunity to continue serving them, as well as our neighbors in the 97th and 98th Assembly Districts, as your senator.

As Abraham Lincoln once said, "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown." Let us all give thanks for our blessings and enjoy our fellowship this coming Thanksgiving Day.

Protecting Private Property Rights

Last week, the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Senate Bill 344, which I authored with Representative Dave Craig (R-Big Bend). This bill would drastically reform our adverse possession statutes and protect private property rights. Adverse possession is an ancient legal doctrine that is grounded in English common law. Under adverse possession, an individual may acquire title to land that they do not own without compensating, or consenting, its original owner if certain criteria are met.

Under Senate Bill 344, most instances of adverse possession would be eliminated moving forward, with a couple exceptions. One of the primary responsibilities of government is to uphold the most basic of property rights of its citizens. Unfortunately, the adverse possession doctrine does the opposite. With vast improvements in surveying techniques and technology, the need for the doctrine has become outdated and unnecessary in most instances. The bill will flip the equation in this debate to ensure that the rights of an original property owner are protected, not the rights of the so-called adverse possessor.

As always, I appreciate your input on any of the bills that come before the Legislature. If you have any comments or questions, on this bill or any other bill, please feel free to email me at or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Please join me for one of the town hall meetings in December or January. During these meetings, I will be available to answer questions and hear from you about important issues at the state and local levels.

As always, if you are unable to attend these office hours, and you have any comments or questions, please email me at or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.

Apply Now for the Senate Scholar Program

The Senate Scholar Program is open to Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors aged 16-18. The program is also open to qualified individuals who are home-schooled. Each Senate Scholar must have outstanding academic qualifications and experiences that demonstrate an ability to perform tasks with a high degree of responsibility. Applicants may also be subject to additional requirements imposed by their high school.

A digital copy of the application, more information, and additional application materials may be downloaded from here. All application materials must be received by January 3, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their admission status by January 15, 2016, or shortly thereafter. Please mail all application materials to:

Dr. Tammy Wehrle
Legislative Education and Outreach Officer
Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707-7882

If you have any questions concerning the program or the application process, please contact Dr. Tammy Wehrle, Legislative Education and Outreach Officer, or Ted Blazel, Senate Sergeant at Arms, at (608) 266-1801 or email

Today in History

1758 - During the French and Indian War, the British troops defeat the French at Fort Duquesne in what is now Pittsburgh.
1783 - The British withdraw from New York City, their last military stronghold in the United States during the Revolutionary War.
1920 - In Philadelphia, Gimbels Department Stores begins what is now the nation's oldest annual Thanksgiving Day parade. 
1963 - President John F. Kennedy's body is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
1986 - The Iran-Contra affair begins as President Reagan reveals that proceeds of secret arms sales to Iran had been used to aid Nicaraguan Contras.
Connect with Chris

(608) 266-9174
(800) 863-8883

33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708
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Holiday Events

Saturday, December 5
Cookie Sale
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hand-bell Choir
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Teen Sharpie Mug Craft
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Friends of the Library Book
Sale (at 421 Main Street)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Holiday Sing Along
Sunday, December 6
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Delafield Public Library

Genesee Town Hall
Wednesday, December 9
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Genesee Town Hall

Holiday Crafts for Kids
Saturday, December 12
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Delafield Public Library

Waukesha Town Hall
Wednesday, December 16
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Waukesha Public Library

Pewaukee Town Hall
Monday, January 11, 2016
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pewaukee Public Library

Sussex Town Hall
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pauline Haass Public Library
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