AP NEWS

The Latest: Senate leader said GOP questioning Evers’ pick

December 21, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ Cabinet picks (all times local):

2:22 p.m.

The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate says some Republican senators are questioning Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ pick of a roads lobbyist to head the state Department of Transportation, putting his confirmation in peril.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald commented Friday on WISN-AM about Evers’ pick of Craig Thompson. Fitzgerald says the fact that Thompson lobbied for spending more on roads is “possibly inappropriate or a little out of line.”

All of Evers’ Cabinet members must be confirmed by the Senate, which will be controlled 19-14 by Republicans.

Thompson is head of the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association. The group with more than 400 members, including businesses and unions, has lobbied the Legislature to spend more on roads in the state and advocates for increasing taxes and fees to do it.

___

10:51 a.m.

Gov.-elect Tony Evers has named four more members of his Cabinet, including an advocate for raising revenue to improve the condition of Wisconsin’s roads as head the state Department of Transportation.

Evers announced the picks Friday.

His choice to lead the Department of Transportation is Craig Thompson, the executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association.

Evers also named Mark Afable as insurance commissioner, Rebecca Cameron Valcq as chairwoman of the Public Service Commission and Brad Pfaff as head of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

That brings to eight the number of Cabinet secretaries Evers has announced to date, all this week. All of his appointees will need to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled state Senate.