Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Barca, Romanski named to state agency leadership positions

Peter Barca

Peter Barca

Randy Romanski

Randy Romanski

La Follette School alumni Peter Barca (MA ’83) and Randy Romanski (MA ’95) have accepted positions in Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ administration.

Evers named Barca as secretary of the Department of Revenue, which administers all major state tax laws except the insurance premiums tax and enforces the state’s alcohol beverage and tobacco laws. The agency also estimates state revenues, forecasts state economic activity, helps formulate tax policy, and administers the Wisconsin Lottery.

Barca represented Assembly District 64 in the State Legislature from 1984 to 1992 and from 2009 until his appointment by Evers. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from May 1993 through 1994 and as Midwest Regional Administrator of the US Small Business Administration from 1995 to 1998.

Romanski, who has extensive leadership experience in state government, is the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s new deputy secretary. He returns to the agency where he served from 2008 through 2010 as deputy secretary and secretary.

Since 2011, Romanski served as the safety program chief in the Department of Transportation’s Division of State Patrol. Earlier in his career, he held staff positions in the state Senate and Assembly, and as a policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.