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Reggie Newson

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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$85,608
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
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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]

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Preceded by
Scott Baumbach
Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development
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