Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Evers appoints Romanski to second stint as DATCP secretary

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers named Randy Romanski (MA ‘95) as secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). This will be Romanski’s second stint as DATCP secretary, previously leading the agency during Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration.

Romanski served as DATCP interim secretary since November 2019 and as deputy secretary from January 2019. In addition to his DATCP experience, he brings three decades of service in leadership roles across various state agencies, including 10 years at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The appointment comes at a challenging time for Wisconsin farmers, as the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated already tough circumstances. In recent comments, including in a La Crosse Tribune commentary and a DATCP press release, Romanski highlighted the issue of interruptions in farmers’ supply chains and suggested several strategies to support farmers.

In a news release announcing Romanski’s appointment, Evers said “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.”

Romanski added, “I appreciate Governor Evers’ confidence and trust in me. I have been honored to work with the team at DATCP to serve the citizens of the state. I look forward to continuing that work as we serve as a resource to Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture and consumer communities.”

Romanski’s appointment also earned the praise of representatives from several Wisconsin farmers’ organizations, including the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, and Dairy Business Association, as reported in The Wisconsin State Farmer.

Originally from Wisconsin Rapids, Romanski earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls before attending the La Follette School.

- written by Peter Mosher