State Sen. Caleb Frostman has landed on his feet after being defeated in the November election.
Gov.-Elect Tony Evers announced Thursday he has appointed Frostman to serve as the Department of Workforce Development secretary.
Frostman, a Green Bay area native, served one year as executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corp. before running for senator in a special election last June in the 1st Senate District, which includes Kewaunee County.
He defeated state Rep. Andre Jacque in the race to fill the final seven months of former state Sen. Frank Lasee’s term, but Jacque won a rematch Nov. 6 to earn a full four-year term in the Senate.
“I believe under Governor-elect Evers’ leadership this team’s potential is truly greater than the sum of its parts,” Frostman was quoted as saying in Evers’ news release. “I share his vision of a prosperous Wisconsin for all and look forward to putting our collective shoulder to the wheel to ensure Wisconsin’s economy works for both its employees and its employers.”
Frostman has also served on the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, the Door County Visitor Bureau and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. He currently is on the board of Sunshine House, an organization that serves adults with disabilities, and the Advisory Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County.
He has an undergraduate business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will succeed Ray Allen, who was appointed by outgoing Gov. Scott Walker in January 2016.
Frostman is in line to earn more than double his salary as a state senator. A database of state employee salaries at madison.com indicates that Allen’s annual salary was $122,470, about the level other sources say has been the average for a DWD director since Jim Doyle was governor.
A state senator makes $50,950 per year, with a $153 per diem for any days spent at the state Capitol.