President of Mantz Automation Denise Mantz, center,
gives a tour to Tonette Walker, far right, Janel
Brandtjen, state representative for District No. 22,
right, and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, left, during a
stop at Mantz Automation in Hartford as part of the
Women-Owned Businesses tour.
John Ehlke/Daily News
MADISON, Wis. — Former Wisconsin
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has a new job as executive director of
the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.
The commission announced Wednesday that Kleefisch had been sworn
into the post on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Kleefisch served eight
years as lieutenant governor under Gov. Scott Walker before losing
re-election in November.
The commission she's leading was created by Congress in 2017 to lead
commemorative and educational efforts surrounding the 100th
anniversary of women's right to vote. Kleefisch had been one of 14
appointed members of the commission.
The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified on
June 4, 1919, and was added to the Constitution and women were
granted the right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920.
The commission has a $3 million budget that will expire in April