Eugene J. Brookhouse, born in 1944, is a life-long resident of Kenosha. He graduated with a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and from its law school with a JD degree in 1969. Thereafter, he was a law clerk to the Honorable James E. Doyle, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, father of Wisconsin’s former Governor, Jim Doyle. In 1970, Eugene joined his father, Andrew R. Brookhouse, in the practice of law. He is presently the managing partner of Brookhouse & Hemsing Law Offices, Kenosha, with his emphasis in estate planning, elder law/divestiture and probate. Over his 43 years in practice, Gene has tried to better his client’s position within the ethical requirements of his profession. Active in maintaining the excellence and effectiveness of the legal profession, Gene is a member and past president of the Kenosha Bar Association and a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Board of Professional Responsibility and appointed by its President, Franklyn Gimbel, to State Bar Association Long Range Planning Committee and the Chairman of the special committee on judge substitutions. He has been a Court Commissioner since appointed to that position by Judge Burton Scott over 30 years ago.
Active in his community, Gene is a charter member and first vice president and organizer of Kemper Center, Inc. He was instrumental in the County of Kenosha’s acceptance of the Kemper Hall lakefront property as a County Park.
Teamed with Jim Fitzgerald, then owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and Jones Intercable, Gene played a key role in bringing Jones Intercable and cable service, generally, to Kenosha.
Gene is the former President of the Board of Directors of the Kenosha Achievement Center which has the objective of fostering growth and success of persons with special needs.
Included in his civic involvement, among others, he was the Executive Director of the Kenosha School Administrators’ Association; a member of the Council of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church; director of the Kenosha Country Club; director of the Kenosha Blood Bank; and a charter member of the Kiwanis Breakfast Club.
Gene and his wife, Ellen, have been married since 1970. They have two daughters. Tina, a graduate of Northwestern University, is married to Frank Ventura, has two children and employed in Investor Relations at Abbott Laboratories. Sara, a graduate in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is married to Matt Braun and has three small children.
He enjoys travel, duplicate bridge (Gene is an American Contract Bridge League Life Master), golf and cooking.