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Statewide Chamber Names Chief Lobbyist

MADISON — Veteran business lobbyist Scott Manley has been named vice president of government relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state’s chamber of commerce and largest business association. Manley will replace James Buchen who is leaving WMC at the end of the year to form a private lobbying firm.

Manley has worked for WMC since 2005 as a public policy director responsible for environmental and energy issues. Prior to joining WMC, Manley was chief of staff for then State Senator Cathy Stepp. Overall, Manley has 18 years of experience working in the legislative and political arenas.

“Scott is the most qualified person to lead WMC’s vital legislative and political advocacy efforts,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC president/CEO. Bauer said Manley has earned the respect of government officials, both elected and nonelected, along with the business community and his lobbyist colleagues.  

“It’s an honor for me to lead WMC’s government relations team, and the work we do to advocate on behalf of business and industry,” said Manley. “I look forward to continuing WMC’s leadership role in policy advocacy, and our work to make Wisconsin the most competitive state in the nation to do business.”

Manley will assume his new role on January 1, 2013.

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Founded in 1911, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) is the state’s chamber of commerce and largest business trade association representing more than 3,500 employers of every size and from every sector of the economy.







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