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Democrat names former attorney general to ethics commission

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager has been named to the state’s new ethics commission.

The Government Accountability Board posted the appointment made by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling on its website Thursday afternoon.

Lautenschalger served as attorney general from 2003 to 2007. She pleaded guilty in February 2004 to driving drunk after she drove her state car into a ditch.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in December doing away with the GAB on June 30 and replacing it with two commissions. One will oversee elections, the other ethics.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald appointed state GOP secretary Katie McCallum to the ethics commission last month. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appointed former Republican state Rep. Pat Strachota to the panel last week.

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