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Evers’ pick to head Wisconsin DNR wins committee approval

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ pick to head the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has won bipartisan support, setting up a confirmation vote before the full state Senate as soon as next week.

A Senate committee that oversees natural-resources matters voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the confirmation of Preston Cole to head the DNR. He and several other Evers’ appointees have won committee approval, setting up final votes in the Senate.

Cole won praise from state Sen. Tom Tiffany, chairman of the committee that voted 5-0 to endorse his confirmation. Tiffany says with Cole leading the DNR, “I think we will see good things happen.”

Cole and all other Cabinet appointees have been serving pending Senate votes. They would only have to step down if the Senate voted to reject confirmation.

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