Posted at 10:40 a.m. on November 10, 2017
The Brillion News
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker on Friday announced the appointment of State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, to serve as secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
Senator Harsdorf becomes the first woman in the agency’s 88-year history to serve as its secretary.
“Sheila’s experience as a highly-respected, dedicated legislator and dairy farmer make her an excellent fit to lead DATCP,” said Walker.
Harsdorf has represented the Wisconsin State Senate’s 10th District since 2001 and served in leadership roles including majority caucus chair, chair of the Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, as a member of the Joint Committee on Finance, and as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism. She previously represented the 30th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989-1998.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Association President Jim Holte praised the choice.
“Having known Sheila for 30-plus years, she will be an outstanding advocate for Wisconsin agriculture. Sheila understands the diversity and strength in the state’s $88.3 billion agricultural economy,” Holte said. “She has served as a consistent voice for agriculture in her tenure in the legislature.”
Harsdorf holds a degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota.
In her hometown of River Falls, Harsdorf is an active member of Luther Memorial Church. She is a former president of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board.
Harsdorf’s resignation from the State Senate is effective at the end of the day, Friday, November 10, and her effective start date at DATCP is Monday, November 13, 2017.