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Ethics commission picks new chairman

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The state Ethics Commission has picked a new chairman, Democratic appointee David Halbrooks, to serve at the post through June of next year.

The selection was made by unanimous vote of the commission at its Wednesday meeting, according to its administrator, Brian Bell.

Halbrooks, a Milwaukee attorney, has served on the commission since it began operating in June 2016.

Peg Lautenschlager, former state Attorney General, previously was the commission's chairperson. Lautenschlager resigned from the commission in April.

Katie McCallum, a Republican-appointed commissioner from Middleton, will continue as the commission's vice chairwoman.

The six-member commission, with three Republican and three Democratic appointees made by the governor and legislative leaders, oversees and enforces Wisconsin's ethics, campaign finance and lobbying requirements.


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