Ben Brancel

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Ben Brancel
Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Assumed office
January 03, 2011
Governor Scott Walker
Preceded by Randy Romanski
Personal details
Born (1950-07-31) July 31, 1950 (age 66)
Portage, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gail
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Platteville

Ben Brancel (July 31, 1950) is a Wisconsin politician and former legislator, currently serving as the Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture.[1]

Born in Portage, Wisconsin, Brancel graduated from University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Brancel served on the town board and board of education. Brancel managed a dairy operation for 22 years and now runs a 290-acre family farm with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. From 1987 until 1997, he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing District 42, and served as Speaker of the House.[2] In 1997, Brancel resigned from the Wisconsin Assembly to serve as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in Governor Tommy Thompson's administration. He served in that capacity until 2001.[3] In 2001, Brancel was appointed as director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency by the Bush Administration, where he served until early 2009.[4] Later that year, he served as the part-time state relations liaison for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

In January 2011, Brancel was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to serve as Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Secretary once again.[5]


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  2. ^ "Brancel, Ben 1950". Wisconsin Historical Society. 1950-07-31. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin Initiatives". Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
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