|Governor of Wisconsin|
|January 3, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Jim Doyle (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 5, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Milwaukee County Executive|
|May 10, 2002-December 28, 2010|
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
|1993 - 2002|
|High school||Delevan-Darien High School (1986)|
|Birthday||November 2, 1967|
|Place of birth||Colorado Springs, CO|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Governor of Wisconsin (2011 - Present)
- 2.1.1 Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge
- 2.1.2 Collective bargaining
- 2.1.3 Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse
- 2.1.4 Voter ID
- 2.1.5 Job creation ranking
- 2.1.6 September 2013 NYC event
- 2.1.7 Rejects Medicaid expansion
- 2.1.8 Tribal casinos
- 2.2 County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)
- 2.3 Wisconsin State Legislature (1993 - 2002)
- 2.1 Governor of Wisconsin (2011 - Present)
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Walker gained national attention soon after assuming the office of governor in 2011 due to his proposal of Wisconsin Act 10, which became known as the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill." The bill, which restricted the ability of public workers to engage in public bargaining, drew massive protests, mainly organized by unions. Opponents of the measure targeted Walker for recall, successfully forcing the incumbent to face a recall election on June 5, 2012. Walker again faced Tom Barrett (D), defeating him 53% to 46%. In doing so Walker became the first governor to survive a recall. The legislation also led to two years of State Senate recalls; as a result of these efforts, three Republican Senators were removed from office.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Walker as the 3rd most conservative governor in the country. Walker is a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association. He, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. He was named to this leadership role in August, 2013.
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Pat and Llewlyn Walker, Scott Walker first moved to Plainfield, Iowa, before settling in the small town of Delevan, Wisconsin, in 1977. Growing up, Walker was an active Boy Scout and ultimately earned the Eagle Scout rank. Walker continues to be involved with scouting. Through the American Legion, he also went to Ripon, Wisconsin for Badger Boys State and then on Washington, D.C. for Boys Nation. Walker has credited that experience with sparking his political interest.
He left Marquette University in his senior year to join the Red Cross in a marketing position. He also worked briefly for IBM while he was a student at Marquette. Having never returned to finished his degree, Walker is now the first Governor of Wisconsin in over 64 years not to hold a college degree.
Walker ran for Milwaukee County Executive in 2002 and won a special election that year after former County Executive Tom Ament resigned during a pension scandal that affected the county. He was re-elected as County Executive for Wisconsin's largest county in 2004 and 2008. In his 2008 re-election bid, Walker won over 57 percent of the vote. Walker officially stepped down as County Executive on December 28, 2010 shortly after being elected the 45th Governor of Wisconsin.
He previously ran for Governor in 2006 but ended his candidacy over fund-raising concerns. In April of 2009, he announced his second run for Governor.
Walker and his wife Tonnette have two sons. The Walkers reside in Wauwatosa.
- Marquette University (Attended 1986 to 1990)
- Delevan-Darien High School, 1986
Governor of Wisconsin (2011 - Present)
Walker campaigned for both his party's nomination and during the general election on a program of cutting spending, reversing taxes, and reducing salary and benefits for public sector union employees. He specifically promised to decline a proposed $800 million federal grant to build a rail line between Madison and Milwaukee, saying the annual upkeep would dwarf federal government aid and be too expensive to make the project worthwhile. After his victory, the grant was rescinded and the money given to other states.
Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge
- See also:2014 illegal immigration surge
On July 22, 2014, the Republican governors of Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns about the handling of the ongoing border crisis. The crisis was over unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children illegally crossing into Texas. The governors noted that a failure to return the children “will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border,” endangering more children.
One of Walker's early proposals, Wisconsin Assembly Bill 11, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill", was aimed at saving Wisconsin citizens money by reducing the ability of government employee unions to engage in collective bargaining. Under the plan, only emergency responders would retain that privilege. The proposal also called for unions members to make contributions to their own medical insurance and retirement savings, of 12.6% and 5.8% respectively.
The bill was introduced into the Assembly by the Committee on Assembly Organization, at the request of Governor Walker, on February 15, 2011. It was then referred, successively, to the Joint Committee on Finance and the Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems. The Republican controlled Assembly and the Senate were in favor of the bill; not surprisingly, their Democratic colleagues took the opposite view. Lacking the numbers to vote the bill down, the entire Wisconsin Senate Democratic contingent simply refused to vote. Senate Republicans were one short of the 20 members needed to call a quorum and vote on spending bills, meaning the Democrats were able to halt a vote on the bill.
Governor Walker ordered Wisconsin law enforcement to find the Senators and compel them to return to the Capitol for the vote, causing the Democratic Senate delegation to decamp to a resort across the border in Rockford, Illinois. In a February 17th press conference, Walker pressed lawmakers to return to the state and take a vote. Asked if he thought he had any legal authority to cross state lines and compel Senate Democrats to return to Madison, he told reporters, "That's a really big question for us."
The response from unions became a national story; schools were closed for days as unionized teachers called in 'sick' and camped out inside the Capitol rotunda. Republicans adjourned until Friday, February 18, 2011, still indicating a vote could go forward. Holding 19 seats in the Senate and requiring 20 for a vote, the GOP only needed one additional member to show up. While the DNC, President Obama, and national union heads weighed in against Walker's plan, one local paper editorialized that Democrats needed to "get over their snits and get back to work."
Union leaders and Democrats contrasted their actions as making a final stand to prevent similar bills from being introduced in other states. Both President Obama and union heads described the bill as an 'assault'.
As the first week of protests ended, with Madison and Milwaukee schools having been closed three days, schools sought a temporary restraining order banning teachers from attending protests and thus forcing teachers to report to their jobs, something the courts denied on Friday, February 18th. Meanwhile, union members from other states began streaming into Wisconsin to join the protests and some allies of Governor Walker reported being picketed at their own homes.
Republicans did not get their vote on Friday and protests continued through the weekend and the President's Day holiday, by which time the story was an international headline and other GOP governors were fashioning versions of the bill for their own states. By this point, protests from organized labor had spread to Indiana and Ohio, with pro-union crowds thronging those state capitols.
Governor Walker and his party-mates steadfastly refused to back down on cutting collective bargaining rights, with Walker telling media outlets that he was doing exactly what he had promised during his campaign. On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, Wisconsin's Assembly Speaker, Jeff Fitzgerald, who also chaired the Assembly Committee that first saw the bill, spoke publicly before beginning the day,s session; he vowed to pass the bill intact and echoed Walker's stance that Republicans were doing exactly what they has promised to do if elected.
The start of the second week also brought an ultimatum from the Governor, who warned public employees that he would commence layoffs if his bill continued to be stalled. With Senate Democrats still out of Walker's reach, their Assembly counterparts spent the morning session pushing for more than 100 amendments. Both the Senate and the Governor worked under heavy guard from state patrol officers with the roar of protesters audible throughout the Capitol.
Tuesday morning also brought the first indications that Senate Republicans might have found a way to end collective bargaining without Democratic cooperation. While the Wisconsin Senate must have a quorum to pass spending and fiscal bills, they could theoretically sever the collective bargaining from the spending cuts and pass the former item in its own bill. Freshman Senator Leah Vukmir indicated the idea had been considered but that the GOP was not yet sure it wanted to take that route.
Law struck down by district court
Dane County District Judge Maryann Sumi ruled in May 2011 that lawmakers violated Wisconsin's open meetings law in passing the collective bargaining legislation in spring 2011, and therefore, the bill would be null and void. Gov. Walker had signed the bill into law, but the ruling overruled it.
"It is not the court's duty to determine whether 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 is good public policy or bad public policy; that is the business of the legislature," according to the ruling. "It is this court's responsibility, however, to apply the rule of law to the facts before it."
Sumi ruled that lawmakers failed to give enough notice for the Joint Committee on Conference meeting held March 9, 2011, during which lawmakers settled on the final version of the collective bargaining bill. The bill requires most public union employees to contribute more to their health care and pension plans and limits their collective-bargaining powers to salary negotiations.
Legislative leaders pledged to pass the legislation again as part of the biennial budget — but counted on the state Supreme Court to be the ultimate decider on this case.
“There’s still a much larger separation-of-powers issue: whether one Madison judge can stand in the way of the other two democratically elected branches of government," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald in a statement. "The Supreme Court is going to have the ultimate ruling, and they’re still scheduled to hear the issue on June 6."
Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns lower court ruling
On June 14, 2011, the state Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the lower court opinion, ruling that Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining law was in effect.
In its ruling, the state Supreme Court said because the Dane County Circuit Court “invaded the legislature’s constitutional powers...under the Wisconsin Constitution” when Sumi issued a temporary restraining order preventing the law from going into effect.
“We’ve been saying since day one that Republicans passed the budget repair bill correctly, so frankly this isn’t much of a surprise,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said in a joint statement. “We followed the law when the bill was passed, simple as that.”
Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse
Gov. Walker called for the formation of a Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse. The seven-member committee assembled in January 2011 and in July 2011, it identified $266,555,737 in potential annual savings for state agencies. The commission found that if the agencies streamlined and improved current practices, the savings could amount to more than $250 million.
In their report, commission members scolded state agencies for failing to control expenses the way Wisconsin residents have been forced to do in the wake of the recession.
“Wisconsin deserves a government that spends its financial resources just as carefully as the citizens of Wisconsin spend their own,” said Craig Rakowski, the commission’s chairman and president of James Craig Builders, in the report. “Everyone has been forced to take a closer look at how they spend their money. Our state government should be no different.”
In the summer of 2011, Wisconsin voters faced a unique slate of recall elections which served to provide voters with a test run of needing to show photo identification when they arrived to vote at the polls. This all depended on a mid-May vote in the Senate and Gov. Walker's signature. The primary elections in spring 2012 would be the first voter ID primaries.
The Government Accountability Board, the state’s elections agency, began preparing to train local clerks and poll workers before the Senate vote.
GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the agency could try a “soft implementation” of voter ID during recall elections for nine Wisconsin state senators, slated for July 12 or Aug. 9, if a primary was required. Recall voters were asked, but not required, to provide ID and received literature explaining the new requirements.
“We’ve begun the planning process for implementation, but at this point I think it’s too early to say that we’ll have it done by a certain day,” Magney said.
In May 2011 the State Assembly passed the voter ID proposal, AB 7, by a mostly party-line vote of 60 to 35, with all Republicans and a few Democrats in support.
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the proposal would protect the integrity of elections.
“I think that there’s enough isolated incidents over the years that anyone who casts a vote has to have the full faith in the idea that their vote counts and it’s not going to be canceled out by some other person in another part of the state involved in some shenanigans,” he said.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Walker was ranked number 40. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
September 2013 NYC event
Six of the Republican Party’s leaders and potential 2016 nominees jointly headlined a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in New York in September 2013.
According to an invitation that went out August 26, 2013, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Jets owner Woody Johnson would host the event September 23, 2013 at Johnson's home.
It was a dinner and reception with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul and Gov. Walker, as well as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Paul Ryan, who were listed as the “special guests.”
Rejects Medicaid expansion
Addressing a meeting of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce on February 13, 2013, Gov. Walker announced his decision to reject Medicaid expansion through the federal health care law. Instead, Walker offered an alternative plan that he said would reduce the number of uninsured people by nearly the same amount as Medicaid expansion.
Walker stated, "My goal in looking at this is two things: One, I want to have fewer people in the state who are uninsured, but along with that I'd like to have fewer people in the state who are dependent on the government."
Under Walker's alternative plan, an enrollment cap on Medicaid programs for childless adults would be lifted, income eligibility for state residents able to use Medicaid programs would be tightened, and thousands of people currently in such programs would be moved to federal government run healthcare exchanges, allowing them to purchase private insurance.
As expected, Republicans praised the decision while Democrats soundly rejected it. Walker became the 14th Republican governor to reject the Medicaid expansion.
In 2013, Walker was faced with a decision to approve or reject a proposed tribal casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The proposed casino would be connected with the Seminole and Menominee tribes. Other tribes owning casinos in Wisconsin, including the Potawatomi, the Ho-Chuck and the Oneida, oppose the proposal and claim that their businesses would lose revenue as a result.
Since Governor Walker holds sole authority over the decision, both sides are working to lobby his decision indirectly. They have purchased public advertising to advance their cases and have each donated, according to The Washington Post, about $60,000 to the Republican Governors Association, on whose executive committee Governor Walker sits. As of early 2014, there was no indication that Walker will make his decision soon.
County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)
Walker was first elected to the position of Milwaukee County Executive in a special election to replace a County Executive who left office under the cloud of a pension fund scandal. He went on to win re-election twice, with 57% with 2004 and 59% in 2008. While in office, Walker returned portions of his salary to the county treasury. He cut Milwaukee County's payroll and debt during his tenure in the position.
In the summer of 2010, when Walker's first campaign for Governor of Wisconsin was underway, a concrete panel fell from a county-owned parking structure, striking and killing a 15-year-old boy. This became an issue in the gubernatorial election. Walker's critics said that in his role as county executive, he had exercised insufficient oversight over the public building and it had therefore been poorly maintained and unsafe for use. An investigation was conducted which determined that the panel had been improperly installed. The family of the victims bought a lawsuit against the company that manufactured and installed the panels; they were awarded $33 million in damages. Milwaukee County received $6 million in damages from the company.
Walker's staff during his time as county executive came under scrutiny in a "John Doe" legal proceeding; the investigation began in 2010 and continued for several years thereafter. Two of Walker's county aides were convicted of "misconduct in office for doing campaign work on county time" as a result of this investigation. Four other individuals were also convicted on various charges.
Wisconsin State Legislature (1993 - 2002)
During four terms as a state legislator, Walker earned a reputation as a supporter of cracking down on crime and curtailing welfare programs, as well as a staunch pro-life advocate on abortion issues. His positions on the last issue was later to earn him multiple important endorsements from right to life groups during his gubernatorial run.
Walker's signature legislative work came on the Committees on Correctional Facilities, and Corrections and the Courts. While building experience in criminal justice legislature, Walker authored one bill, aimed at 'truth in sentencing' that effectively ended the practice of shaving time off prisoners' sentences for good behavior.
- See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014
This is incumbent Governor Scott Walker's third election in four years: he first won in the 2010 elections and he faced a high-profile recall election in 2012. Walker, a Republican, defeated the same Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, by a similar margin in both elections. This year, Walker's main Democratic challenger is Mary Burke, a former business executive and current member of the school board in Madison, Wisconsin.
- See also: Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)
Democrats targeted Walker for recall due to his efforts to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions through Wisconsin Assembly Bill 11, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill", which the governor introduced in February 2011. The bill was immediately met with wide-scale protests. While the passions of the 2012 recall and of the 2010 election, an election that saw Republicans win control of the House of Representatives and many other offices across the country, may not be as strong this year, the underlying issues still exist and Governor Walker remains a divisive figure. Walker is the only governor to have survived a recall and only the third governor to face a recall election in US history.
- See also: Common Core State Standards Initiative
In addition to the ongoing issues that fueled the protests and subsequent failed recall, the issue of Common Core has recently surfaced in this race. Walker, a former supporter of the education standards, has recently begun to back away from his stance and has sought to change how Common Core is implemented in Wisconsin. Burke publicly supports Common Core.
State of the race
Polling as of July 2014 indicates that this will be a close race with few undecided voters, driven by the highly charged political atmosphere and almost continuous campaigning caused by the recall. The race is likely to hinge on which candidate is better able to motivate their voters to go to the polls, rather than appealing to the few voters still undecided. As of July 2014, The Cook Political Report rated this race as a Tossup.
Another factor in the race may be the two third-party candidates: Libertarian Robert Burke and Peoples Party candidate Dennis Fehr. Neither candidate has shown strong polling, but even a small number of votes can make a difference in a tight race. Robert Burke, a "socially liberal" former Republican, has said that he "...can mess things up for both sides." Fehr is the founder and sole candidate of the Peoples Party, not to be confused with the People's Party.
Both Walker and Mary Burke faced primary challengers but won comfortably for their respective parties' nominations. Walker's only opponent, Steve Evans, ran as a write-in candidate, while Burke was endorsed by the Wisconsin Democratic Party's Administrative Committee over her opponent, State Assemblyman Brett Hulsey.
|Governor of Wisconsin|
|Poll||Scott Walker (R)||Mary Burke (D)||Undecided/Other||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Marquette University Law School Poll|
October 21-24, 2013
March 10-11, 2014
|Marquette University Law School Poll|
March 20-23, 2014
|St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute|
March 24 - April 3, 2014
|Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America|
|Public Policy Polling|
April 17-20, 2014
|Marquette University Law School Poll|
May 15-18, 2014
|Marquette University Law School Poll|
July 17-20, 2014
July 31-August 3, 2014
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
- See also: Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)
|Recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 2012|
|Republican||Scott Walker Incumbent||53.1%||1,335,585|
|Election Results Via: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board|
Walker easily defeated Arthur Kohl-Riggs in the Republican primary. Five candidates sought the Democratic nomination - Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout, Doug La Follette, Tom Barrett and Gladys Huber.
Talk of an attempt to recall Walker for his role in the passage of the Budget Repair Bill began in February 2011, about a month after he took office. However, under Wisconsin law an elected official has to be in office for one year before they can be recalled. Although Walker was safe, nine state Senators faced recall elections, which ultimately led to two incumbent Republicans being removed from office.
On October 10, 2011, Wisconsin state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate announced that they, in conjunction with United Wisconsin, would officially begin the recall campaign against Walker on November 15. In order to put a recall on the ballot, they had to collect 540,208 valid signatures in 60 days. On March 30, 2012, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board officially certified just over 900,000 signatures and scheduled the recall.
|Wisconsin Governor Recall - Republican Primary, 2012|
|Scott Walker Incumbent||96.9%||626,962|
|Patrick J. O'Brien (Write-In)||0%||17|
|Election Results Via:Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.|
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Walker faced Tom Barrett (D), James James (Common Sense), and Jim Langer (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Walker won the election with 52% of the vote. In the primaries, Walker easily defeated two GOP challengers. His general election battle with Tom Barrett was one of the most acrimonious of the 2010 cycle, becoming more fraught as Walker's poll number improved.
Walker ran on a ticket with Rebecca Kleefisch.
His win was part of a midterm election night that overall favored Republicans. Aside from the governorship, Republicans gains in Wisconsin on Election Night 2010 included picking up both chambers of the state legislature.
|Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010|
|Republican||Scott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch||52.2%||1,128,941|
|Democratic||Tom Barrett/Tom Nelson||46.5%||1,004,303|
|Independent||Jim Langer/No candidate||0.5%||10,608|
|Libertarian||No candidate/Terry Virgil||0.3%||6,790|
|Common Sense||James James/No candidate||0.4%||8,273|
|Independent||Leslie Ervin Smetak/David Myron Smetak||0%||19|
|Independent||Patricia Messici/No candidate||0%||22|
|Independent||Hari Trivedi/No candidate||0%||18|
|Election Results Via: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board|
Scott Walker won election to a third term as Milwaukee County Executive against State Senator Lena Taylor on April 1, 2008.
|2008 Milwaukee County Executive Election Results.|
NOTE: County Executive candidates are listed as nonpartisan
Comprehensive donor information for Walker is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Walker raised a total of $48,848,814 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.
Walker won re-election to the position of Governor of Wisconsin in 2012. During that election cycle, Walker raised a total of $37,717,808.
|Governor of Wisconsin 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Scott Walker's campaign in 2012|
|Wisconsin Republican Party||$961,832|
|Diane M. Hendricks||$510,000|
|Bob J. Perry||$500,000|
|David C. Humphreys||$260,000|
|Richard M. Devos||$251,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$37,717,808|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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|Scott Walker's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Wisconsin
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$6,141,017 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||Wisconsin Republican Party||$123,117|
|People for Rebecca||$65,050|
|Concerned Realtors Committee||$43,125|
|Wisconsin Dental Association||$41,000|
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- Today's TMJ 4 "Walker Works Last Day as County Executive," December 27, 2010
- UPI, "Recall election schedule set in Wisconsin," March 15, 2012
- Christian Science Monitor, "Gov. Scott Walker makes history, survives Wisconsin recall election," June 6, 2012
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- National Governors Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker kicks off re-election bid with rallies around Wisconsin," April 15, 2014
- Politico, "Scott Walker opens up about White House ambitions," March 16, 2013
- Scott Walker for Governor, "Official Biography"
- Milwaukee County Election Commission, "Spring 2008 General Election Results"
- Channel 3000 "Walker Expected To Announce Bid For Governor," 27 Apr. 2009
- The Daily Reporter, "Walker targets wages and benefits," November 13, 2009
- 'Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Walker says no thanks to federal stimulus dollars," January 6, 2009
- Washington Post, "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014
- Wall Street Journal, "Union Fight Heats Up," February 17, 2011
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Highlights of Gov. Walker's budget repair bill," February 11, 2011
- Green Bay Press Gazette, "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says National Guard ready for any unrest over anti-union bill," February 11, 2011
- ABC News, "Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller Calls Governor Scott Walker's Budget Tactics 'Insulting,' Asks for 'Respect'," February 18, 2011
- The Hill, "Wis. governor: GOP won't be 'bullied' by union bill protesters," February 18, 2011
- Fox 6, "Milwaukee Public Schools closed for Friday due to high number of absentee calls from teachers," February 18, 2011
- Green Bay Press Gazette, Wisconsin Democrats flee to Clock Tower Hotel in Rockford, Ill., to block anti-union bill, 17 Feb. 2011
- Bloomberg Businessweek, Senator: Missing Wis. lawmakers left the state, 17 Feb. 2011
- Journal-Sentinal Online, "The Dems' tantrum," February 17, 2011
- Washington Post, "Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill," February 18, 2011
- NBC 15, "UPDATE: Madison Schools Go To Court To Get Teachers Back," February 18, 2011
- The Journal Times, "Unions picket Wanggaard home over Walker’s overhaul proposal," February 15, 2011
- Wall Street Journal, "Political Fight Over Unions Escalates," February 22, 2011
- Yahoo News, "Wis. Assembly leader vows to pass anti-union bill," February 22, 2011
- Yahoo News, "Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices," February 22, 2011
- The Daily Caller, "Wisconsin Senate can eliminate collective bargaining for teachers - even without Democrats who fled," February 21, 2011
- Wisconsin Legislative Documents, "Assembly Bill 11," accessed July 25, 2014
- "Judge: Collective bargaining bill violated open meetings law," Wisconsin Reporter, May 26, 2011
- "High court overrules Sumi, says union reform law in effect," Wisconsin Reporter, June 14th, 2011
- "Walker’s commission finds $260 million in potential savings for taxpayers," Wisconsin Reporter, July 13th, 2011
- "Wisconsin elections board: ‘11 will be test for voter ID," Wisconsin Reporter on Statehouse News Online, May 16, 2011
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," accessed August 28, 2013
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Scott Walker rejects Medicaid expansion, proposes alternate plan to cover uninsured," February 13, 2013
- Telegraph Herald, "Walker says no to federal Medicaid expansion," February 14, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Republican governors group benefitting big from Wisconsin casino fight," February 14, 2014
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- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Insurance firm must pay big part of O'Donnell Park verdict, judge says", February 10, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Probe of Scott Walker's aides may factor in O'Donnell Park death trial," October 6, 2013
- Wisconsin Right to Life, "ABOUT SCOTT WALKER," accessed July 25, 2014
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Race tightens, with Scott Walker, Mary Burke tied among registered voters," May 21, 2014
- The Guardian, "Wisconsin governor Scott Walker survives bitterly fought recall election," June 6, 2012
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Scott Walker calls for Legislature to repeal Common Core standards," July 17, 2014
- WKOW Madison, "Burke supports sticking with Common Core in WI," July 19, 2014
- The Cook Political Report, "2014 GOVERNORS RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 30, 2014," accessed July 31, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Two Burkes on ballot for governor," July 11, 2014
- The Cap Times, "John Nichols: Libertarians give Wisconsin another option," July 1, 2014
- Wausau Daily Herald, "Letter: More than two are running for governor," July 16, 2014
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- Democratic Party of Wisconsin, "Candidates," accessed July 31, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Walker recall effort to get underway Nov. 15," October 10, 2011
- WTAQ, "Recall elections officially ordered against Gov. Walker, 5 other GOP lawmakers," March 30, 2012
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We recommend Walker; his removal isn't justified," May 19, 2012
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- Milwaukee County Elections Commission, "2008 Spring Election Results," April 1, 2008
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Scott Walker," accessed May 6, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Jim Doyle (D)
|Governor of Wisconsin
| Succeeded by|
|Milwaukee County Executive
| Succeeded by|
David Cullen (D)
|Wisconsin State Assembly District 14
| Succeeded by|
Leah Vukmir (R)
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