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The Latest: Evers names chief of staff, transition team

November 12, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Gov.-elect Tony Evers transition (all times local):

1 p.m.

Gov.-elect Tony Evers has named his campaign manager as his chief of staff, while announcing a transition team that includes a former teacher of the year and the head of a Madison biotech firm.

Evers released the appointments on Monday, less than a week after he defeated Gov. Scott Walker.

Evers says Maggie Gau will become his chief of staff once he’s sworn into office on Jan. 7. Gau previously worked as a chief of staff to two Democratic state lawmakers before managing Evers’ campaign against Walker.

The head of Evers’ transition team is JoAnne Anton, who worked more than 20 years for former Democratic U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl.

Other members of the transition team include former University of Wisconsin Board of Regents President Chuck Pruitt; Marinette Marine president and CEO Jan Allman; Exact Sciences chairman and CEO Kevin Conroy; and former middle school Teacher of the year Amy Traynor.

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12:50 p.m.

Tony Evers’ transition team is asking the Republican-controlled Legislature for $94,600 to hire staff and pay for office expenditures as he prepares to take over for Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Evers’ transition team director JoAnne Anton made the request to Republican co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee on Sunday. The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to meet Tuesday to vote on approving the spending.

State law requires the Legislature’s budget committee to meet within a week after an election to approve a transition budget when a new governor is elected. Walker received nearly $83,000 for his transition budget in 2010.

Anton says Evers’ request is to pay for staff, administrative costs related to hiring, making appointments, conducting budget review and preparation and “other necessary functions.”

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