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Evers Appoints Romanski as DATCP Interim Secretary
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/08/2019

For the second time in his political career, Randy Romanski went from serving as deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture to interim secretary. On Thursday, Governor Tony Evers made the news official after his first DATCP cabinet pick Brad Pfaff was rejected by the state Senate during a confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

"Our farmers are experiencing a growing dairy crisis, devastating flooding, and an unpredictable trade war, the last thing they need is Republican politicians playing political games with our leading agricultural agency," Gov. Evers said in a statement. "I'm disappointed by the actions Senate Republicans decided to take on Tuesday, but I believe the agency and our farmers will be in good hands with Randy leading the way."

Romanski previously served as former Gov. Jim Doyle's deputy chief of staff and also held staff positions in both the Senate and the Assembly, working directly on agricultural, rural affairs and natural resources issues. He then served as deputy secretary from 2007 through 2010 until the untimely death of then-Secretary Rod Nilsestuen in July of that year. Randy then took on full responsibility of the agency for the final four months of Doyle's term.

After Scott Walker was elected governor, he served as the safety program chief in DOT's Division of State Patrol.

During his first stint at DATCP, Romanski worked on issues such as the Working Lands Initiative; investment tax credit assistance for dairy farmers, meat processors, dairy cooperatives, food processors and beginning farmers; the new Farm to School program; and helped secure funding for the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program at DATCP.

A graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Romanski has a master's degree in public administration from the UW-Madison's Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Pfaff tapped Romanski as his number-two man shortly after Evers took office in January.

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