Contact: Matt Egerer, 608.266.5504
MADISON – Today Governor-elect Tony Evers and Representative Peter Barca
(Kenosha/Racine) announced that Representative Barca will serve as Secretary of the
Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
“It is a distinct honor to be selected and to serve as a cabinet secretary for our next
governor, Tony Evers,” Representative Barca said. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to
oversee this critical state agency, which impacts so many facets of our state and our
economy. My priorities as a legislator have always been economic development, helping to
stimulate family supporting jobs, expanding the middle class, and assisting small business
growth. The state’s Revenue Department plays a critical role in all of these aspects and I
believe I can best help to achieve these goals as the Secretary of Revenue.”
Representative Barca served as a state legislator from 1985 to 1993, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Barca returned to the legislature in 2009 and served as Assembly Minority Leader for seven of the past eight years, where he passed a wide range of bills and worked to improve and strengthen the legislative process. This included
working with the speaker to develop an MOU and to create productive bipartisan task
forces. He was re-elected in November by a margin of 79 – 21%.
“I thank the many voters in the greater Kenosha-Racine area who have placed their trust in
me for so many years and provided me the honor to represent their interests and values in
the State Legislature and in Congress,” Representative Barca remarked. “I look forward to
serving both those who have been my constituents and all of our citizens across the state as Revenue Secretary.”
Following his time in Congress, Representative Barca served for nearly five years as the
Midwest Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration during the
Clinton Administration. He also was appointed to lead the National Regulatory Fairness
Program, an initiative aimed at making regulatory enforcement more small business
friendly. Representative Barca later spent nearly a decade as vice president and then
president of Aurora Associates International, an international project management company that conducted international development projects in more than 25 countries. Prior to that he had served as CEO of a non-profit organization focused on employment and training, housing, and rehabilitation services.