Four out of five of Governor-elect Tim Walz first cabinet picks are women

"These candidates standing up here were the best candidates for the job."

Susie Jones
December 18, 2018 - 3:35 pm
Peggy Flanagan, Gov.-elect Tim Walz, and his wife Gwen

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Four out of the five cabinet nominees Governor-elect Tim Walz  announced today were women. 

He appointed former House speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher to lead the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  

She was asked how she will handle some expected opposition to a gas tax.

 "It will be a package of transportation funding that is dedicated and sustainable," she said. "The gas tax is an important tool in the toolbox, it's still one of our bigger tools, but I think it's going to take a lot of work."

Maplewood mayor and former legislator Nora Slawik was named the chair of the Metropolitan Council, and he promoted Alice Roberts-Davis from assistant commissioner to commissioner at the Department of Administration.

Former Obama administration official Jennifer Ho will lead the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

"These candidates standing up here were the best candidates for the job." Walz said.

Nearly 500 people applied for leadership roles in 23 state agencies. Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan , who is leading the Transition Advisory Board told reporters she was proud of the word they'd done."I think you will be impressed by the additional folks we bring before you, but it is not lost on us that we have a really solid group of folks standing behind us today," she said. 

Cabinet members require confirmation from the Senate, where Republicans hold a one-vote majority.
   
The governor-elect also announced that Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans will keep his job in the new administration.

Walz said he expects to announce more cabinet members in the coming days.