A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION to honor the accomplishments of
Karen Freeman Wilson.
, read first time and referred to Committee on
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION to honor the accomplishments
of Karen Freeman-Wilson.
Whereas, On December 31, 2011, Karen Freeman-
Wilson was sworn in as the new Mayor of Gary, her
hometown, the first woman to be elected mayor in Gary's
history, and the first black woman to be elected mayor in
Whereas, Ms. Freeman-Wilson has already been
recognized by many for her "impressive" accomplishments,
which include undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard
University, and tenures as a city court judge of Gary, as the
Attorney General of Indiana, and as CEO of the National
Association of Drug Court Professionals;
Whereas, Ms. Freeman-Wilson has committed herself
and her staff to running the Mayor's Office in the most
transparent fashion possible, beginning with an open-door
policy that will allow any interested citizen the chance to
have a dialogue with her;
Whereas, Ms. Freeman-Wilson's plans for addressing Gary's challenges focus both on winning "small victories," such as improved street maintenance, and on longer-term projects for Gary's economic development, including the
development of Gary International Airport as a rival to
Chicago's Midway and O'Hare; and,
Whereas, Ms. Freeman-Wilson's winning the mayorship
of Gary has inspired new hopes for the city's success and
SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly congratulates Karen Freeman-Wilson on being the first woman to be elected Mayor of Gary, and the first black woman to be elected mayor in Indiana, expresses the optimism of its members that Ms. Freeman-Wilson's tenure will see Gary revitalized, and wishes her every success in her work on behalf of her native city and her community.
SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a copy of this resolution to Karen Freeman- Wilson.