2 Republicans Appointed To Ethics, Election Commissions

Former Assembly Majority Leader Pat Strachota Is Named To Ethics Board By Vos

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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos made two appointments to the state’s new Elections and Ethics Commissions on Friday.

Vos selected former state Rep. Pat Strachota for the Ethics Commission, and Republican National Committeeman Steve King for the Elections Commission.

The commissions will replace the Government Accountability Board starting June 30. Members will be political appointees and former judges chosen by legislative leaders and the governor. They’ll oversee ethics, campaign finance, lobbying and elections in the state.

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The Government Accountability Board is made up of nonpartisan former judges.

Strachota represented the 58th Assembly District from 2005-2015 and served as the state’s first female Assembly majority leader.

King is a founder and partner at a Janesville private investment firm, King Capital LLC. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the First Community Bank, Milton and the National Boy Scouts of America. He has served as a National Committeeman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin since 2007.

“Both individuals bring a great deal of experience to the commissions,” Vos said in a prepared statement. “I have every confidence that they serve our state well in this new capacity.”

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling have both already announced appointments to the commissions.

Fitzgerald tapped Katie McCallum, secretary of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, for the Ethics Commission.

Shilling appointed Milwaukee Attorney Ann Jacobs to the Elections Commission.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story featuring Associated Press content has been updated with original reporting.

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