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Today, Bryan Steil joined former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the House of Representatives’ vote to pass the 19th Amendment. Steil also delivered a floor speech recognizing this important day. Kleefisch serves as the Executive Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

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Floor speech remarks:

Madam Speaker,

Today we celebrate an important moment in our nation’s history.

100 years ago today, Clifford Randall, the representative of the First District of Wisconsin, left his office, walked to this very Chamber, and cast his vote in favor of women’s suffrage.

The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.

Today we commemorate that vote.

Wisconsin was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement. Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

I’m wearing a yellow rose today just as supporters of women’s rights did a century ago.

As we commemorate the 19th Amendment, let’s focus on how we can work together to support women and ensure future generations never forget that historic vote.

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