By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Attorneys David Halbrooks and Mark Thomsen are the latest Democratic picks for Wisconsin’s newly created, partisan ethics and elections commissions.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca announced his appointments Tuesday, saying he’s confident the pair will bring experience and professionalism to the commissions.

Halbrooks is the former chair of the State Elections Board and will serve on the ethics commission. Thomsen is former president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and will serve on the elections commission.

The commissions are replacing the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board, which is being dissolved June 30. Critics of the new commissions worry they will be overly partisan. Supporters of the change say they will be an improvement over the GAB, which they have critiqued as having a partisan bias against Republicans.

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