Keith Ripp Starts Work Today At State Ag Deparment

(Lodi) As of today, residents in the State Assembly’s 42nd District are without representation in Madison. Representative Keith Ripp resigned on Friday to take a position with the Walker administration.  Ripp starts work today as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection overseeing policy development, administration and lead relations with outside stakeholders. His district is primarily centered in Columbia County but also includes portions of Dodge, Dane, Fond du Lac, Marquette and Green Lake counties. Ripp had served in the legislature since 2008. While in the Assembly, he was chair of the Committee on Transportation, chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection, vice-chair for the Committee on Local Government and a member of the Committee on Agriculture. Ripp says he is (quote) “proud to be a Wisconsin farmer and it is truly an honor to serve the agricultural industry.” He says he “looks forward to working with the agency’s knowledgeable staff to address challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.” In addition to Ripp, Senator Frank Lasee (luh SAY) also resigned Friday and begins work today as the administrator of the Department of Workforce Development’s Worker’s Compensation Division. Walker’s spokesman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that there will not be special elections to fill the vacancies which will instead be filled in the regular November election cycle.