Wolf nominates executive from his company to liquor board

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf wants a man who was previously an executive at his York-based building supply company to serve on the three-member Liquor Control Board.

The first-term Democrat on Friday nominated Michael Newsome to the agency board, saying his business background would help the liquor system increase sales and convenience.

Newsome is retired after serving as the Wolf Organization’s chief financial officer. He’s also worked at the York Daily Record newspaper and at Armstrong World Industries Inc. in Lancaster.

He has a bachelor’s degree in math from Lafayette College.

Confirmation requires a two-thirds vote of the Pennsylvania Senate.

The Liquor Control Board oversees the state system of some 600 retail stores that sell wine and spirits.

The Legislature is debating whether to sell it off or make other changes.

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