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Pfaff Finds New Home as DOA Rural Development Director
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/12/2019

Less than a week before being released from his duties as the secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Brad Pfaff has been hired by the Department of Administration as its new director of business and rural development. DOA Secretary Joel Brennan made the announcement on Monday, saying Pfaff will leverage his extensive experience at the federal, state and local levels to support and advocate for Wisconsin small businesses and rural communities.

"In his role as secretary designee, Brad gave the family farmer a voice in our process," Brennan said. "While our residents have lost an advocate for our rural heritage and consumers in need of protection at the cabinet level, I'm proud to bring Brad onto the team at DOA to ensure his expertise and Wisconsin values are utilized to grow our economy."

Pfaff had been serving as the top official at DATCP since Gov. Tony Evers was inaugurated in January. On November 5, the Wisconsin State Senate voted along party lines to reject his confirmation.

Prior to his time at the agriculture department, he had been serving as deputy chief of staff for Congressman Ron Kind. In 2009, he was appointed as the director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency under the Obama Administration, and was later promoted as USDA's deputy administrator for farm programs on the national level.

The salary of the new position is more than $120,000 per year.

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