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Reggie Newson
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Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development
In office
October 24, 2011 - Present
Years in position 4
PredecessorScott Baumbach
Base salary$86,464
Elections and appointments
AppointedOctober 24, 2011
Appointed byGovernor of Wisconsin Scott Walker (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Concordia University of Wisconsin
Office website
Reggie Newson is the current Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development. He was first appointed to the position by Gov. Scott Walker on October 24, 2011, immediately following the resignation of former secretary Scott Baumbach.[1]


Prior to his position at the Department of Workforce Development, Newson served as Executive Assistant at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), one of the DOT top three leadership positions and a position he held since January 2011.[2] He previously was operations director for DOT’s Southeast Region, managing a $320 million budget and directing 500 employees since 2005. From 2003 to 2005, Newson managed the state Disadvantaged Enterprise Program. Newson has an MBA with an emphasis in corporate communications from Concordia University of Wisconsin, an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as certificates in project management, management and six-sigma from the UW-Milwaukee. He also has an associate’s degree in commercial real estate (ACRE) from Marquette University.[2]


  • Bachelor's degree in political science - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master's degree in political science - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.B.A - Concordia University of Wisconsin

Political career

Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development (2011-present)

Newsom took office as Wisconsin's Secretary of Workforce development in October 2011. He was appointed to the statewide post by Gov. Scott Walker following the resignation of former secretary Scott Baumbach.[3]



Newsom was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) on October 24, 2011 to replace previous secretary Scott Baumbach.[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.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
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[5][6]
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.[7][8]

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Preceded by
Scott Baumbach
Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development
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