Wisconsin Represented in the United States Cabinet

Nine Wisconsin citizens have served in the United States Cabinet over the nation’s history, including three former governors. The most recent Wisconsinite to serve in the Cabinet was former Governor Tommy Thompson, as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2005, who most famously in this position included dealing with public health issues following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Five Wisconsin citizens served as Postmaster General, which until 1971 was considered a position of the President’s Cabinet. Wisconsinites have also served as Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of the Interior.

You can read full biographies of these esteemed Wisconsin citizens in a new report from the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau.

This post was authored by Rebecca Ballweg, an intern at the Hamilton Consulting Group.