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William “Bill” Heidt, Long-Time Wisconsin State Capitol Employee, Dies At Age 57

September 13, 2010

When a politician who has served for a long time passes away there is much news made of the event.  Countless column inches run in the newspapers about the elections that were won, and the issues that allowed the public servant to make a long career.  

But it should be noted that behind the scenes of every successful politician there is an array of staff and workers who keep the system humming, the lights on, and the mail delivered.

One of those men that made the system click every day at the Wisconsin State Capitol was William “Bill” Heidt.  He was employed as a clerk at the Sergeant at Arms Office in the State Capitol for 30 years.

“Bill” Heidt was known affectionately around the statehouse as the ‘mail man’.  In all the years at his job I am not aware of one person who did not like him, josh with him about the volume of constituent mail, or perhaps even request that he find a way to lose some of it.  A stickler for doing a job the way it should be done precluded anything but professionalism every day Heidt went to work.  Nothing would be lost on his rounds under the dome.

In 2009 William “Bill” Heidt retired from his job at the State Capitol.   Sadly this morning I learned that Heidt died this past Friday in Madison. I trust a sizable number of  state capitol insiders show up out of respect for this man at his mass. 

William “Bill” Heidt was one of the good guys that helped state government run efficiently under the dome. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2115 Rowley Ave., Madison. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

  1. James permalink
    September 18, 2010 5:38 PM

    Bill and I worked together at the Sergeant’s office. What a great guy! He and I spoke often in French (since he knew that I taught it and he had learned some in high school many years before). We always had a good time.

  2. September 13, 2010 6:25 PM


    Hi, and thanks for the comment.

    I am the guy who worked for “Little Lary” Swoboda. Seeing your name again took me back to those days under the dome. All night budget votes are only fun to think about after the fact……

    Have a nice evening.


  3. Steve Kelly permalink
    September 13, 2010 2:20 PM

    I worked with Bill for 11 years at the Capitol and thanks for a fitting tribute.

    Bill always approached his job with wit, humor, a great smile and and unforgettable laugh. He was one of the good ones and though I now live across the country I thought of him often and it always made me smile.

    The Assembly Sergeant’s staff lost two beloved employees in the past couple years with the passing of Debbie Loiselle and now Bill. They were both amazing, wonderful people and they won’t soon be forgotten.

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