Randy Romanski returns

    DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski at Walter Grain Farms in June 2019. (Photo via DATCP Facebook)
    DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski at Walter Grain Farms in June 2019. (Photo via DATCP Facebook)

    Randy Romanski is returning to a job he held under former Gov. Jim Doyle —  leading the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

    On Friday, Gov. Tony Evers officially chose Romanski, who has been heading the department in an interim role since last November when Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate voted against confirming Brad Pfaff, Evers’ previous DATCP secretary-designee, in a tense standoff as the governor watched from the chamber floor. 

    Romanski’s appointment is also subject to state Senate confirmation, although when the body will next meet is unclear. While the 2020 session is officially adjourned until next January, there have been requests for a second meeting to deal with COVID-19 repercussions. Romanski can continue to serve as the secretary-designee unless his appointment is voted down by the Senate.

    Pfaff is now running for state Senate in the seat previously held by former Sen. Jennifer Shilling against another veteran of the Legislature, former  state Sen. Dan Kapanke, whom Shilling beat in the last election. 

    Randy Romanski
    Randy Romanski

    Romanski served as deputy secretary under Pfaff before becoming interim secretary. Prior to joining the Evers administration, he worked in the Department of Transportation Division of the State Patrol and as a policy analyst at the Department of Justice. Romanski hails from Wisconsin Rapids.

    “Wisconsin’s agricultural community has dealt with challenges for years, from low prices to trade wars to a global pandemic. Randy has done an outstanding job leading DATCP through these challenging times, and I believe he’ll continue to do great work as secretary,” commented Evers in a release.

    “I appreciate Governor Evers’ confidence and trust in me,” added Romanski. “I look forward to continuing that work as we serve as a resource to Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture and consumer communities.”

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    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.