The post-election dance has begun as Governor-Elect Tony Evers begins his transition efforts. At the same time, the State Senate and Assembly are announcing their various leadership positions going into the new session, including committee positions.

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Governor-Elect Tony Evers

Transition periods take a significant amount of time. It’s why winners of the election aren’t immediately put into office and have to wait until January. Hundreds of jobs are set to be filled across the administration and with Democrats having been out of power for eight years, a lot of people will be coming out of the woodwork seeking jobs. 

However, Evers has made some announcements on transition personnel and those that will help make personnel decisions over the course of the next couple of months. For context, Governor-elect Scott Walker did not announce his full cabinet until Dec. 30, 2010. 

Evers has created a transition website which can be found here.

Chief of Staff: Maggie Gau
Gau most recently served as his campaign manager and previously worked as a legislative aide.

Director of the Transition Team: JoAnne Anton
Anton formerly worked as Senator Herb Kohl’s state director and now leads his philanthropic organization. 

Transition Co-Chairs

Chuck Pruitt
A partner and co-managing director of the A.B. Data Group. He's also a former member of the UW System Board of Regents. 

Amy Traynor
An Eau Claire teamer and former 2012-13 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year award recipient. 

Jan Allman
The president, CEO and general manager of the Marinette Marine Corp. 

Dr. Veronica Gunn
The CEO of Genesis Health Consulting and a board-certified pediatrician. 

Kevin Conroy
The chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences.

Personnel Advisor Council

  • Griselda Aldrete, President & CEO, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
  • Ruben L. Anthony Jr, PhD, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director & CEO, Wisconsin Procurement Institute
  • Frank Busalacchi, Former Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Melissa Cook, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Michael J Decorah, Sr Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, St Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Sean Dilweg, Former WI Insurance Commissioner, Sr Vice President Government Relations, MGIC
  • Shirley Ellis, Senior Advisor/District Director, Gwen Moore, US House of Representatives
  • Roberta Gassman, Former Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Zach Halmstad, Co-founder and Partner, Pablo; Co-founder, Jamf
  • Chris Her-Xiong, Founder/Executive Director, Hmong American Peace Academy, Ltd
  • Ossie Kendrix, President, African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Laszkiewicz, Senior Vice President of Operations, Rockwell Automation
  • Darryl Morin, President & CEO, Advanced Wireless Inc
  • Barbara Nick, President & CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative
  • Angela Russell, Vice President Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Mara Swan, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup
  • Bob Wills, Owner, Cedar Grove Cheese Company & Clock Shadow Creamery
  • Mary Ellen Schill, Attorney, RuderWare
  • Donsia Strong Hill, Former Secretary, WI Department of Regulation and Licensing/Executive Director, LISC Milwaukee

Wisconsin State Legislature Changes

After the election, control of the legislative bodies remains unchanged. In fact, Republicans increased their majority by one seat in the State Senate and only lost one seat in the State Assembly. 

Despite losing an election where they were expected to gain a significant amount of seats—if not retake the majority in the Senate—Democrats kept their entire leadership teams intact.

Republicans changed only the Assistant Majority Leader in both caucuses due to the former holders of that position not running. Rep. Rob Brooks (R) resigned the leadership post earlier this summer and Sen. Leah Vukmir (R) did not run for re-election to the State Senate.

As of publication, the Assembly had not yet made their appointments to the powerful Joint Committee on Finance.

Wisconsin State Assembly
63-36 with GOP Control
GOP Leadership

  • Speaker of the Assembly – Robin Vos (4th consecutive session in this position)
  • Majority leader – Rep. Jim Steineke
  • Speaker Pro Tempore – Rep. Tyler August
  • Assistant Majority Leader – Rep. Mary Felzkowski
  • Caucus Chair – Rep. Dan Knodl
  • Caucus Vice-Chair – Rep. Romaine Quinn
  • Caucus Secretary – Jessie Rodriguez
  • Sergeant at Arms – Rep. Samantha Kerkman

Democrat Leadership (same slate of reps who held the posts this session)

  • Minority Leader – Rep Gordon Hintz (re-elected)
  • Assistant Minority Leader – Rep. Dianne Hesselbein
  • Caucus Chair – Rep. Mark Spreitzer
  • Caucus Vice-Chair – Rep. Steve Doyle
  • Caucus Secretary – Rep. Beth Meyers
  • Caucus Sergeant At Arms – Rep. Christine Sinicki

Wisconsin State Senate
19-14 with GOP Control

Senate Republicans

  • Majority Leader – Sen. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Assistant Majority Leader – Sen. Dan Feyen
  • Senate President – Sen. Roger Roth
  • Senate President Pro Tempore – Sen. Howard Marklein
  • Caucus Chair – Sen. Van Wanggaard
  • Caucus Vice-Chair – Sen. Patrick Testin

Senate Democrats

  • Minority Leader – Sen. Jennifer Shilling
  • Assistant Minority Leader – Sen. Janet Bewley
  • Caucus Chair – Sen. Mark Miller
  • Caucus Vice-Chair – Sen. Janis Ringhand

Legislative Committees

Senate Joint Finance Committee Members

As of publication, the Assembly had not yet made their appointments to the powerful Joint Committee on Finance.

  • Sen. Alberta Darling (R) – Co-Chair
  • Sen. Luther Olsen (R) – Vice-chair
  • Sen. Tom Tiffany (R)
  • Sen. Howard Marklein (R)
  • Sen. Duey Stroebel (R)
  • Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R)
  • Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D)
  • Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D)