Contact: Rep. David Bowen
April 18, 2018 (608) 266-7671
MADISON – State Representative David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement upon the passing of Milwaukee and Wisconsin icon the Honorable Vel Phillips:
“The Honorable Vel Phillips was a giant in the struggle for justice and coined as Wisconsin’s First Lady to serve in many elected roles. A pioneer for both women and Black people in Wisconsin, she paved the way for countless others who have followed in her footsteps pushing Milwaukee and Wisconsin forward, ensuring that both lived up to equality and equity for all. Her legacy lives on in those who continue the work she did, tirelessly fighting for civil rights and equality.
“My deepest condolences to her family and those who know and love her. May she rest in peace.”