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Sensenbrenner Staffer Named to State Post

Wendy Riemann, communications director for U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, was tapped as Wisconsin director of federal relations.

Wendy Riemann, communications director for U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, was named today as Wisconsin's director of federal relations.

Gov. Scott Walker announced Riemann will advocate on the federal level for Wisconsin agencies and policies. 

"Wendy Riemann is a strong leader with the skills to effectively represent our administration in Washington D.C.," Walker said.

"Coordination between federal and state agencies is important and Wendy's experience in both federal and state government will serve us well as we help Wisconsin's private sector create 250,000 jobs by 2015," he added. 

A Sheboygan native, Riemann worked for Sensenbrenner in his Washington D.C. office, not his in Bishop Woods. She previously worked for Tommy Thompson when he was U.S. Health and Human Services secretary. She has a bachelors degree in journalism from UW Madison and a masters in communication rom Johns Hopkins University.

Riemann said: “I look forward to continuing my work with the entire Wisconsin congressional delegation, as well as working with Governor Walker and his administration, to promote our state and be a strong advocate for all Wisconsin residents on federal policies impacting them."

Lyle Ruble May 21, 2011 at 12:32 AM
I am confused about this appointment. Have other governors had similar representatives? Is this position similar to an ambassador found on a federal level? I Googled the position and found virtually nothing of any consequence to explain the position.
Jay Sykes May 21, 2011 at 01:39 AM
@Lyle... It would appear that this newly appointed position will ~ attempt ~ to replace the persons that Wisconsin had selected to represent its interest in federal matters; Two US Senators from Wisconsin. Due to the 17th amendment of our Constitution, passed in 1913, the State legislature no longer appoints Senators to secure the interests of Wisconsin in federal matters; our own Senators are no longer bound to perform for the best interest of our state and so the state taxpayers must pay to lobby our own Senators.
Lyle Ruble May 21, 2011 at 02:21 AM
@Jay Sykes....I was afraid it was something like this.
Anne May 21, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Well, our dear "Governor" isn't making any headway vis a vis the Feds. . . so why not create a position for somebody who might not irritate the Washington bigwigs? Just sayin'...

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