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Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development

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Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $329,829,600
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.22
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Reggie Newson
Assumed office:  October 24, 2011
Compensation:  $85,608
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The Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development is a state executive position in the Wisconsin state government overseeing the Department of Workforce Development. The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.[1] It's mission is defined as, "Advancing Wisconsin’s economy and business climate by empowering and supporting the workforce."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Reggie Newson. He was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker on October 24, 2011, immediately following the resignation of former officeholder Scott Baumbach.[2]

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]


The creation of the Department of Workforce Development is designated in Wisconsin Statutes.

Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.22, Department of workforce development; creation

There is created a department of workforce development under the direction and supervision of the secretary of workforce development.


Under Chapter 15.05 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the secretary is nominated by the governor, with the advice and consent of the state Senate, and serves as the pleasure of the governor.[3]


In the instance of a vacancy, under Chapter 15.05 of the Wisconsin Statutes, a new secretary is nominated by the governor, with the advice and consent of the state Senate, and will serve at the pleasure of the governor.[4]


The Department of Workforce Development's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.[1]

As the Secretary of Workforce Development, Newson directs the state workforce agency that has an annual budget of over $450 million, over 1,600 employees and six divisions. Located within the Office of the Secretary are chief legal counsel, communications staff, and economic advisors.[1]


The Department of Workforce Development is divided into six main divisions:[5]

State budget

The budget for the Department of Workforce Development in Fiscal Year 2013 was $329,829,600.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development was paid an estimated $85,608. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Contact info

201 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Phone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7946

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