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Ben Brancel
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Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Incumbent
In office
1997 - 2001, January 3, 2011 - Present
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)4
PartyNonpartisan
PredecessorRandy Romanski
Compensation
Base salary$121,202
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 2010
Appointed byGov. Scott Walker (R)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
1987 – 1997
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Platteville
Personal
Date of birthJuly 31, 1950
Place of birthPortage, Wisconsin
Websites
Office website
Ben Brancel (b. July 31, 1950 in Portage, Wisconsin) is the current Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He was first appointed by Governor Scott Walker and began his term on January 3, 2011.

Biography

Brancel was born and raised in Marquette County, Wisconsin. He managed a dairy operation for 22 years and now runs a 290-acre family farm with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law.[1] He previously served as Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary under Gov. Tommy Thompson from 1997 to 2001.

Brancel was then appointed as director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency by the Bush Administration, where he served until early 2009. Later that year he served as the part-time state relations liaison for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.[2]

Education

  • B.A., Animal science, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Political career

Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture (2011-present)

Brancel has served as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection since January 2011.

Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture (1997-2001)

Brancel first served as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture under Gov. Tommy Thompson from 1997 to 2001.[2]

Wisconsin State Assembly (1987-1997)

Brancel represented District 42 in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1987 to 1997.[2]

Appointments

2010

Brancel was appointed as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in December 2010. Brancel stated, "I'm excited to have the opportunity to once again serve the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection community and work alongside Governor-elect Walker to grow Wisconsin's economy."[2]

State profile

Wisconsin's population in 2013 was 5,742,713.

Wisconsin's population in 2013 was 5,742,713 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 1 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 105 in 2010, exceeding the national average of 87.4. Wisconsin experienced a 1.5 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, falling below a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.[3]

Demographics

Wisconsin fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8 percent of Wisconsin residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wisconsin was $52,413 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 13.5 percent poverty rate in Wisconsin during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Wisconsin (%) United States (%)
White 88.1 77.7
Black or African American 6.5 13.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.2
Asian 2.5 5.3
Two or More Races 1.7 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 17.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, 2000-2012[4][5]
Year Democratic vote in Wisconsin (%) Republican vote in Wisconsin (%) Democratic vote in U.S. (%) Republican vote in U.S. (%)
2012 52.8 45.9 51.1 47.2
2008 56.2 42.3 52.9 45.7
2004 49.7 49.3 48.3 50.7
2000 47.8 47.6 48.4 47.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Romanski
Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
2011–present
Succeeded by
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