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Evers Picks Brad Pfaff as DATCP Secretary
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/21/2018

Governor-Elect Tony Evers has selected former Wisconsin Farm Service Agency Director Brad Pfaff to lead the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Pfaff is a former policy advisor to Congressman Ron Kind and also spent some time working on former Sen. Herb Kohl's state staff performing constituent outreach. In June 2009, he was chosen to represent the Obama Administration as head of the Wisconsin FSA office in Madison. He was promoted in 2016 to become deputy administrator of farm programs in Washington, D.C. After President Trump was elected, Pfaff rejoined Rep. Kind's office as Deputy Chief of Staff.

"Whether they live in a small town or a city, Wisconsinites appreciate how important our agriculture heritage is to our state and our economy," Pfaff said. "I am excited for this opportunity to work collaboratively with the State Legislature, other state agencies, and private industry to develop policies that benefit farmers, rural communities, and strengthen the economy of the entire state."

Pfaff was raised on a dairy farm in La Crosse County. He holds a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

"Brad Pfaff has dedicated his life to ensuring Wisconsin's farmers, workers and families have the resources and tools they need to succeed," Kind said. "Brad's service as a senior advisor on my staff has been exceptional, and I know that the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection - and the state of Wisconsin - will be stronger under his leadership."

He will go through a state senate confirmation process before his position becomes official.

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