Billings, Rude receive LeaderEthics Awards for demonstrating ethical standards

State Rep. Jill Billings at the State Capitol. (Jill Billings website)

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — State Rep. Jill Billings, D-La Crosse, and former State Sen. Brian Rude received LeaderEthics Awards during LeaderEthics-Wisconsin’s annual meeting Tuesday.

The organization presents the awards annually to current and former elected officials who demonstrate the ethical standards of being truthful, transparent with public information, unifying and committed to representing their entire constituencies.

Billings, a former teacher and former member of the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors, was elected to represent the 95th Assembly District in a special election in 2011. She represents the city of La Crosse and parts of the towns of Shelby and Campbell.



Rude, a Republican from Coon Valley, represented the La Crosse area of western Wisconsin as 32nd District senator from 1984 to 2000 and, before that, was state representative for Vernon, Crawford and Grant counties in the 96th Assembly District.

“I am delighted to be recognized alongside former Sen. Brian Rude, whom I have considered a role model,” Billings said.

“We are living in a time of highly charged political discourse but I am proud to continue to listen to the people I represent, work hard on their behalf and connect across party lines to get things done in Madison,” she said.

The nominating papers for Billings for the award described her, in part, as “honest and truthful, welcoming the media for comments and interviews about proposals, policies, and legislation that affect the welfare of her constituents.”

In Madison, “She adheres to an open-door policy for everyone who comes to the Capitol, regardless of their party or positions,” the nomination said.

In her district, “Jill also reaches out to connect with her community via newsletters, e-mails, social media, fulfilling open-records requests and knocking on doors to both gather input and provide information,” the nomination said.