By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Dec. 19, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker appointed Rep. Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee) to the Social Development Commission Thursday.
Fields, first elected to the Assembly in 2004, was defeated in the August Democratic primary by Mandela Barnes.
Fields’ appointment came less than a week after a major board shakeup of the anti-poverty agency. Some board members also criticized the governor for what they said was a disregard for the agency’s work.
The 18-member panel is composed of people appointed by the governor and other governmental and community agencies, as well as six resident representatives.
Walker went 18 months without appointing a representative.
“Representative Fields’ experience in the Legislature will be a great addition to the Commission,” Walker said in a prepared statement. “The Commission is tasked with finding solutions to the problems facing Milwaukee County and its residents. Jason’s dedication to the people of Milwaukee is exactly what the Commission needs.”