- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Republican lawyer and lobbyist Richard Graber has been named CEO and president of the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/290k0hc ) reports Graber was named Thursday to succeed Michael Grebe, who announced last year he’d be stepping down after 14 years leading the powerful conservative foundation.

The $850 million foundation has financially backed public policy experiments in Wisconsin like welfare reform, public vouchers for private schools and curbs on collective bargaining and unions.

Graber, currently a board member, will start as CEO July 18.

The 59-year-old led the state Republican party from 1999 to 2005 and is currently vice president of global relations for Honeywell International. He was previously a prominent Milwaukee attorney and ambassador to the Czech Republic under President George W. Bush.

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