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Scott Walker

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Scott Walker
45th Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2019
LieutenantRebecca Kleefisch
Preceded byJim Doyle
Succeeded byTony Evers
Executive of Milwaukee County
In office
April 30, 2002 – December 27, 2010
Preceded byJanine Geske (Acting)
Succeeded byLee Holloway (Acting)
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 14th district
In office
June 30, 1993 – April 30, 2002
Preceded byPeggy Rosenzweig
Succeeded byLeah Vukmir
Personal details
Scott Kevin Walker

(1967-11-02) November 2, 1967 (age 56)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Tonette Tarantino (1993–present)
Alma materMarquette University (did not graduate)

Scott Kevin Walker (born November 2, 1967) is an American Republican politician. He was the 45th Governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. He was a two-term Governor, elected in 2010 and 2014, but losing in 2018 to Tony Evers.

Early life[change | change source]

Walker was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His family moved to Plainfield, Iowa and later to Delavan, Wisconsin. He studied at Marquette University, but did not graduate.

Early career[change | change source]

Walker began his political career in the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving from 1993–2002. After the 2002 resignation of Tom Ament as Executive of Milwaukee County, Walker won the special election to fill the seat, which he held from 2002 to 2010.

Governor of Wisconsin (2011-2019)[change | change source]

Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010, defeating the Democratic nominee, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

After being sworn into office in 2011, Walker introduced a budget repair plan which limited many collective bargaining powers for most public employees. The legislation led to significant protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol and an effort to recall Walker.

In June 2012, Walker faced Barrett in Wisconsin's only gubernatorial recall election. After emerging as the winner, Walker became the only governor in the U.S. to date to win a gubernatorial recall election.[1]

He lost his third re-election bid to Tony Evers on November 7, 2018 by one percent.[2]

Personal life[change | change source]

Walker married Tonette Tarantino in 1993. Together, they have 2 children.

2016 presidential campaign[change | change source]

Walker has been seen by many as a potential candidate for the GOP's nomination in the 2016 presidential election. He formed a 527 organization in January of 2015.[3] On June 18, 2015 Walker took a further step towards a presidential campaign when he established a "testing-the-waters" federal campaign committee.[4]

Walker announced his presidential campaign on July 13, 2015 on his Twitter account.[5] On September 21 2015, Walker suspended his campaign after low polling numbers.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Eyder Peralta; NPR (June 5, 2012). "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Survives Recall". npr.org.
  2. "Democrat Tony Evers ousts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker". Politico. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. Balz, Dan. "Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid". Washington Post. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  4. Rafferty, Andrew (1970-01-01). "Scott Walker Makes Another Move Towards 2016 Run". Nbcnews.com. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  5. "Scott Walker on Twitter". Twitter.
  6. Burns, Alexander; Healy, Patrick (21 September 2015). "Scott Walker Said to Be Quitting Presidential Race". New York Times. Retrieved 21 September 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

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