Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, September 3, 2010

Governor names alum to lead Wisconsin ag department

Randy Romanski

1995 grad Randy Romanski is the new secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Romanski had been deputy secretary of the department since December 2007. Governor Jim Doyle named him to replace Rod Nilsestuen, who drowned in July.

"Randy was Rod's second in command, and an integral part of DATCP recent successes," Doyle says. "I am confident that in the coming months Randy will work hard to continue Rod's great work, and follow through on efforts to further strengthen Wisconsin's agriculture industry."

"Rod was a generous mentor and his leadership as DATCP secretary set a great example," Romanski says. "I am deeply honored to take on this important role and will work hard to continue the great progress made under Governor Doyle and Rod Nilsestuen to diversify and grow our state's agricultural economy."

Romanski has a broad range of government and senior administrative experience. Legislation related to agricultural, rural and consumer issues that he helped to enact includes the landmark Working Lands Initiative; investment tax credit assistance for dairy farmers, meat processors, dairy cooperatives, food processors and beginning farmers; and the Farm to School program. He also helped secure funding for the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program at DATCP.

Prior to joining DATCP, Romanski served as the executive assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; deputy chief of staff for Doyle; executive assistant for the Department of Transportation; and spokesperson and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He was chief of staff for state Senator Alice Clausing and legislative assistant for state representative Al Baldus. He holds a master's degree in public policy and administration from what is now the La Follette School.

Randy Romanski to Officially Serve as State Ag Secretary, August 31, 2010, Wisconsin Ag Connection

— updated September 7, 2010