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Transition from G.A.B. to Elections and Ethics Commissions

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On December 16, 2015, Governor Walker signed 2015 Wisconsin Act 118, which eliminates the Government Accountability Board on June 30, 2016 and replaces it with two separate commissions to oversee the administration of elections and ethics.

This page will be a repository for information about the transition.

Elections Commission Members

Six State Elections Commission members are appointed by legislative leaders and the Governor.  Commissioners will serve as non-voting members of the Government Accountability Board for its remaining meetings in 2016. 

Name Hometown Appointing Official Term Expires
Ann S. Jacobs Milwaukee Senate Minority Leader 5/1/2021
Steve King Janesville Assembly Speaker 5/1/2019
Mark L. Thomsen Brookfield Assembly Minority Leader 5/1/2019
Don Millis Sun Prairie Senate Majority Leader 5/1/2021
Beverly R. Gill Burlington Governor 5/1/2019
Julie M. Glancey Sheboygan Falls Governor 5/1/2021

Ethics Commission Members

Six State Ethics Commission members are appointed by legislative leaders and the Governor.
Commissioners will serve as non-voting members of the Government Accountability Board for its remaining meetings in 2016. 

Name Hometown Appointing Official Term Expires
Katie McCallum Middleton Senate Majority Leader 5/1/2019
Pat Strachota West Bend Assembly Speaker 5/1/2021
Peg Lautenschlager Fond du Lac Senate Minority Leader 5/1/2019
David R. Halbrooks Milwaukee Assembly Minority Leader 5/1/2021
The Honorable James "Mac" Davis Waukesha Governor 5/1/2021
The Honorable Robert E. Kinney Rhinelander Governor 5/1/2019

Transition of the Government Accountability Board to the Ethics Commission and Elections Commission

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May 12, 2016
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This transition was prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Administration with the assistance of G.A.B. staff in accordance with 2015 Wisconsin Act 118, Section 266, subsection 9m. It was approved unanimously by the Joint Committee on Finance on June 13, 2016.

Statement on Transition from G.A.B. to Elections and Ethics Commissions

Date: 
December 16, 2015

MADISON, WI – Today, Governor Walker signed into law Assembly Bill 388, which eliminates the Government Accountability Board on June 30, 2016 and replaces it with two separate commissions to oversee the administration of elections and ethics.

Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B., said Board Members and the staff are prepared to work with the Secretary of the Department of Administration and the new Commissioners as they are appointed to ensure a smooth transition to the new structure.

For more information, contact: 

Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov