WisPolitics: a look at Walker’s cabinet picks

Gov.-elect Scott Walker is scheduled to announce his cabinet picks this afternoon. WisPolitics reports sources say there are some expected names and some surprises.

Expected: sources with knowledge of the pending announcement confirm Capitol scuttlebutt that the Department of Administration secretary will be former Assembly speaker and La Crosse-area state Rep. Mike Huebsch. Huebsch had been tapped to be budget director early on but now will be in what has been traditionally the top adviser post to the governor along with the chief of staff, who will be Keith Gilkes.

Heading up the soon-to-be-transformed Commerce Department will be Paul Jadin, the former Green Bay mayor who has been head of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, sources confirm.

Another former mayor, state Rep. Mark Gottlieb of Port Washington, a civil engineer, will be the new Transportation secretary, sources said.

Surprises: Eloise Anderson (Children and Families Secretary), who made a name for welfare reform under former GOP Govs. Thompson in Wisconsin and Pete Wilson in California; Stephanie Klett (Tourism Secretary), “Discover Wisconsin” host; and Dennis Smith (Health Secretary), a former Bush administration Medicaid director.

Sources tell WisPolitics that other top cabinet picks include:

–Revenue Secretary, Rick Chandler, a former revenue secretary and budget director and part of Walker’s transition team.

–Ag Secretary, Ben Brancel, a working farmer and former Assembly leader who also headed DATCP under Thompson. In 2001, the Bush administration named Brancel director of the Farm Service Agency in Wisconsin.

–WHEDA director, Wyman Winston, a former WHEDA official who went on to do economic development work in Portland and Atlanta.

–Workforce Development, Manuel “Manny” Perez, president of JNA Staffing and a Venezuela native who has helping train workers on Milwaukee’ south side. A former North America product manager for managed services staffing for Milwaukee-based Manpower Inc.

Some former legislators also are said to be in the mix for administration jobs in the health arena, including ex-state Reps. Kitty Rhoades of Hudson and Brett Davis of Oregon.

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