Governor Tony Evers continues to make appointments to his cabinet. Yesterday, Evers announced the following individuals to key offices:
Peter Barca – Secretary, Dept. of Revenue
Barca is a former Midwest regional administrator of the Small Business Administration during the Clinton administration, was the Assembly minority leader last session until Dems replaced him with Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh. We really couldn’t have hoped for a better pick at DOR. Assuming he is confirmed, this will trigger a special election in a safe Democrat seat in Kenosha.
Caleb Frostman – Secretary, Dept. of Workforce Development
Frostman was the Door County Economic Development Corp. executive director before running in a June special election for northwestern Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District. He won that race, but lost the rematch with GOP Rep. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, in November. He holds the distinction of being the shortest-serving legislator in Wisconsin history. Frostman previously worked at M&I and US Bank in the Twin Cities.
Andrea Palm – Secretary, Dept. of Health Services
Palm most recently served as senior counselor to the Health and Human Services secretary under President Obama, to lead the Department of Health Services. She is Evers’ first cabinet pick who hails from outside Wisconsin.
Emilie Amundson – Secretary, Dept. of Children and Families
Amundson has been working as Evers’ chief of staff at the Department of Public Instruction.
Dawn Crim – Secretary, Dept. of Safety and Professional Services
Crim is the assistant state superintendent for the Division of Student and School Success at DPI.
At the end of December, Evers made other announcements, including Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions.
Kathy Blumenfeld – Secretary, Dept. of Financial Institutions
Currently the executive vice president of special operations at TASC. She previously worked at CUNA Mutual for 26 years and was board chair of Summit Credit Union.
Mary Kolar – Secretary, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Kolar is a Dane County supervisor and retired Navy captain.
Brian Pahnke – State Budget Director
Served under Evers at DPI as the assistant state superintendent for finance and management
Brad Pfaff - Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Pfaff was the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wisconsin Farm Service Agency executive director during the Obama administration. He went back to work for U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, as deputy chief of staff, after leaving the Obama administration.
Rebecca Cameron Valcq – Member, Public Service Commission
Partner at Quarles & Brady in the firm's Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group. She was an attorney at We Energies for 15 years.
Mark Afable – Insurance Commissioner
Chief legal officer at American Family Insurance
Joel Brennan – Secretary, Dept. of Administration
Ran Tom Barrett's 2002 gubernatorial campaign and has been CEO of Milwaukee's Discovery World for the past 11 years.
Preston Cole – Secretary, Dept. of Natural Resources
He now serves as a commissioner for the Department of Neighborhood Services under Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and is a member of the state Natural Resources Board that advises DNR. According to a profile on the city's website, he was the first African-American forester hired by the Conservation Department.
Kevin Carr – Secretary, Dept. of Corrections
He was sworn in as a marshal in 2010 after 30 years with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
Sara Meaney – Secretary, Dept. of Tourism
Earlier this year, she was hired to be chief marketing officer for Milwaukee Film. Meaney has served on the organization's board of directors since 2012.
Craig Thompson - Secretary, Dept. of Transportation
Currently executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association.