Looks like Ripon can start a carpool to Madison.

   Last week Wednesday, a second Riponite was named to Gov. Scott Walker’s cabinet.

   Cathy Jess, formerly the deputy secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), is expected to be promoted to secretary of the department Monday, June 11.

   She will replace Jon Litscher, who will be stepping down.

   Just last year, Dan Zimmerman of Ripon also was added to the cabinet. He has been serving as the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs since February 2017.

   That means two out of the 17 cabinet members hail from Ripon. This, combined with the fact that the community also is home to state Sen. Luther Olsen, gives the community an unusually strong representation at the state’s highest levels of government.

Read the full story in the May 31, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.