Deputy Secretary

Paul Hammer, deputy secretary

As deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Paul Hammer is the chief operating officer for a state agency with 3,400 employees, dozens of field offices and a biennial budget of more than $6 billion.

Paul recently served as deputy administrator for the Division of External Services at the Department of Natural Resources. Prior to that, Paul served as the WisDOT deputy secretary from January 2015 to January 2017. He also spent 15 years working in management positions in WisDOT’s budget office, including the director position from February 2011 to January 2015.

Paul has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Paul was born and raised in Duluth. Paul and his wife Christine live in Fitchburg and have two sons.