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 succeed 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 Sen. Cathy Stepp.
“Scott is the most qualified person to lead WMC’s vital legislative and political advocacy efforts,” said Kurt Bauer, WMC president and chief executive officer. 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 Jan. 1.