Lasee, Ripp to join Walker administration next week

GOP state Sen. Frank Lasee and Rep. Keith Ripp are joining the Walker administration next week, according to the guv’s office.

The GOP lawmakers, who resigned their seats in the Legislature on Friday, will double their salaries.

Ripp, R-Lodi, will take over the No. 3 spot at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection as the assistant deputy secretary. He was considered a possible candidate for the secretary’s job before Gov. Scott Walker appointed former GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf to the post.

He will make about $105,000 in his new job, compared to a legislator’s salary of $50,950.

“As a third-generation farmer, I understand the significance of maintaining and improving Wisconsin’s strong agricultural heritage now and in the future,” Ripp said.

Lasee, R-De Pere, will become the administrator for the Department of Workforce Development’s Worker’s Compensation Division. He will make $101,000.

No special elections are expected for either seat, which are up in November. The Legislature is expected to be in only a handful of days before adjourning for the year sometime in March.

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