Governor-elect's chief of staff is proud of her Wausau roots

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Maggie Gau stopped back in her hometown after spending months on the campaign trail with Governor-elect Tony Evers.

Her title has since changed from campaign manager to now chief of staff to the governor-elect. "I was honored when he asked me to serve as his chief of staff it's something that we have a really great relationship," said Gau.

She was born and raised in Wausau and said she is a proud Wausau West graduate. Gau credits the Wausau West debate team for really getting her interested in politics and said coming from a blue collar family helped instill what she values.

"The values that I really learned here locally of hard work and being honest, integrity has really kind of served me well and it is something that I am really proud to take to Madison," said Gau.

After graduating from Wausau West in 2005 she then went on to UW-Madison. After college she went on to work in the state legislature for nearly ten years.

As chief of staff to the governor she will be advising the state's leader on day-to-day decisions and policies, working with cabinet agencies and tackling the state's finances.

"The state budget is the first thing that we really start working on and it is the most important document that goes through the legislation process for the next two years," said Gau.

After the election she wants to spread a message of unity. "We want to bring everyone together to find solutions because everyone has an idea and a purpose and has value. That is something that is really important to us in our transition and into our team," explained Gau.

Politics aside she said it was her upbringing that ultimately helped her make it to her current position, "It really is a great community that I am proud to be from."