Gov. Tony Evers (D) appointed Randy Romanski as the Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on June 1. Romanski has held the position in an interim capacity since November 2019 and before that served as deputy secretary. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Wisconsin State Senate.
Romanski first assumed state executive duties after the state Senate denied confirmation of Evers’ previous appointee, Brad Pfaff, on November 5, 2019. Evers had appointed Pfaff in December 2018. Pfaff is now running for state senate in Wisconsin and is on the ballot in the Democratic primary on August 11.
Romanski previously served as secretary under Gov. Jim Doyle (D). His duties as interim secretary, and secretary if confirmed, include enforcing regulations; promoting agriculture, manufacturing, commercial fishing, and domestic arts; promoting and advertising Wisconsin’s material and agricultural products; monitoring livestock aid; and providing guidance to Wisconsin’s public university system. The office defines its mission as partnering “with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.”
Ballotpedia covers 12 executive offices in the state of Wisconsin. Of those, six offices are partisan and six are non-partisan. All six partisan offices are currently held by Democrats.