TOPEKA, Kan. (news release) — Citing his 38-year career with the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), incoming governor Laura Kelly announced Mike Beam as her choice to lead the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The governor-elect also welcomed budget expert Duane Goossen to her team as the interim Secretary of Administration.

“Mike Beam and Duane Goossen have both been working to improve Kansas for over 30 years,” said Kelly. “At this time of crisis, their experience and knowledge will be critical to rebuilding our state and making sure all communities can thrive.”

Beam is a Senior Vice President at KLA, a highly regarded trade group made up of over 5,000 members throughout the state. He’s worked with the legislature for over 30 years and assisted farmers and ranchers in advancing their policy and public relations needs. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Ranchland Trust of Kansas, an accredited agricultural land trust that’s affiliated with KLA.

“Mike Beam is a respected leader in Kansas agriculture and uniquely qualified to provide guidance and innovation at the Department of Agriculture,” said Kelly. “I look forward to working with him – and other stakeholders – to grow our agricultural markets at home and abroad. Together, we can reenergize rural communities and our ag economy.”

Beam has been active in conservation efforts and business groups to improve Kansas. He is a charter member and past president of the Agribusiness Council of Kansas City. He has also been appointed to numerous task forces and working groups on wildlife regulations, natural resource conservation, ecotourism and more.

“I’m honored to be chosen by Governor-elect Kelly as her administration’s Secretary of Agriculture,” said Beam. “I’m inspired by their respect and admiration for our state’s farmers and ranchers and excited about their commitment to pursue rural economic development initiatives.”

Kelly named Duane Goossen to lead the Department of Administration for an interim period.

“After years of turmoil and crisis, there is no one better to lead this critical agency than Duane Goossen,” said Kelly. “Despite enjoying his retirement, Duane agreed to once again step up and serve Kansas and help rebuild our state’s government.”

Goossen served as the Secretary of Administration from 2004 to 2011 and Director of the Kansas Division of the Budget from 1998 to 2011. He served on the transition teams for Governors Graves, Sebelius, Parkinson, and Kelly. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Kansas Center for Economic Growth where he provided detailed analysis of the fiscal impacts of the 2012 income tax plan.

“For the last eight years, Duane traveled the state sharing details about the state precarious budget situation, the consequences of bad policy decisions, and the way to fix the mess. He worked to put Kansas back on sound fiscal footing so we could invest in important priorities, like schools, roads, and healthcare,” said Kelly. “I’m confident Duane will play a key role in putting Kansas back on the right path.”

Previously, Goossen was elected to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997. He has a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has served as president of the National Association of State Budget Officers.

“It’s a privilege to join the Kelly administration at this pivotal time, and work alongside the people of the Dept. of Administration, who are dedicated to making our state government function effectively for all Kansans.”