State Senate fires Evers-appointed agriculture secretary Brad Pfaff

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MADISON, Wis. (AP)-- The Wisconsin Senate has voted to fire the state agriculture secretary , who was appointed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Evers watched the vote Tuesday from the floor of the Senate, a highly unusual appearance by the governor during legislative debate.

The move to oust Brad Pfaff is the latest skirmish in a series of battles between the Republican-controlled Legislature and Evers, who took office in January.

The Senate voted 19-14 to reject Pfaff's confirmation. All 19 Republicans voted to fire Pfaff, while all 14 Democrats in voting to keep him on the job.

The Senate hasn't voted to reject a governor's Cabinet appointee since at least 1987, the farthest back the Legislative Reference Bureau has records. No one has cited any examples prior to that.