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Senate confirms Walker appointee to utilities commission (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has confirmed Gov. Scott Walker’s appointment of his top aid to the state’s utility-regulatory body.

Senate Republicans voted in support and Democrats against the proposed appointment of Ellen Nowak to the state’s Public Service Commission. The Senate also voted along party lines to approve Walker’s appointments of about 75 other people to various posts.

Walker appointed Nowak Department of Administration secretary in March. She succeeded Scott Neitzel. Nowak moved to the DOA after had served on the Public Service Commission from July 2011 until March. She was named commission chairwoman in 2015.

The votes means Nowak will return to the commission, guaranteeing her a job after Walker leaves office next month.

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