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The Latest: Evers names vets, financial secretaries

December 28, 2018

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

12:25 p.m.

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers has appointed two new cabinet secretaries.

Evers announced that Mary Kolar, a retired U.S. Navy captain, will serve as the new state Department of Veterans Affairs secretary. Kathy Blumenfeld, a vice president of a Madison-based benefits administration company, will serve as Department of Financial Institutions secretary.

Evers also announced that Brian Pahnke, an assistant state schools superintendent, as his state budget director.

The governor-elect made the announcements during a news conference in Madison on Friday afternoon.

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9:10 a.m.

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers is planning to announce more cabinet appointments.

Evers has scheduled a noon news conference in Madison to announce his latest round of appointments.

The governor-elect appointed his first cabinet members last week, including Craig Thompson as transportation secretary, Preston Cole as Department of Natural Resources secretary and Kevin Carr as Department of Corrections secretary.

On Thursday he announced he will appoint Carolyn Stanford Taylor to succeed him as state schools superintendent after he’s sworn in as governor on Jan. 7. Stanford Taylor currently serves as assistant state schools superintendent. She will become the state’s first black schools superintendent.

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