Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Wisconsin state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Wisconsin state flag © Public Domain

Fast Facts

Learn more about Wisconsin native Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger, who is the only career Foreign Service Officer to serve as Secretary of State. More»»

The State Department benefits the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services and reaffirming our country's exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.


  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In 2015, goods exports from Wisconsin totaled $22.4 billion, which supported 118,958 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by the Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding. (OES) More»

    • Wisconsin hosted 9,334 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (ECA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Wisconsin. (HR)

  • Education

    • 47 scholars, students and teachers from Wisconsin were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 42 international students received a Fulbright to study in Wisconsin. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Melissa Martinez): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers assigned to universities throughout the United States. They provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile provided dual exchanges for U.S. and Chilean students to study water contamination and its impact on environmental and human health in the partner university’s country. These exchanges are part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (WHA) More»

    • Fox Valley Technical College and the SENA Centro Internacional Náutico, Fluvial y Portuario in Colombia developed Project ENTENTE, which advanced entrepreneurial and workforce skills training to promote better business innovation for U.S. and Colombian students. These exchanges are part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. (WHA) More»

    • 13,449 international higher education students studied abroad in Wisconsin. (ECA) More»

    • 350 exchange visitors from overseas visited Wisconsin and 209 Wisconsin residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 52 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Wisconsin on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (ECA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2016: 1,691. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • 236 Wisconsin residents volunteered to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»

    • The U.S. Department of State facilitates the Wisconsin National Guard State Partnership Program with Nicaragua founded in 2003. (PM) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016: 258,917. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities as of 2016: 219. (CA) More»

    • Overseas Adoptions: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 138 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Wisconsin. Intercountry adoption is one of CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. Learn more. (CA)

    • The Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Wisconsin. Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»