Barbara Lawton

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Barbara Lawton
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43rd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Former officeholder
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 3, 2011
PredecessorMargaret Farrow
Bachelor'sLawrence University
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Date of birthJuly 5, 1951
Barbara Lawton (born July 5, 1951 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. She became the first woman elected to the position in 2002, as the running mate of current Democratic Governor Jim Doyle. Lawton was re-elected on November 7, 2006.

In her first four years as Lieutenant Governor, Lawton has taken on many issues, most related to economic development and fiscal responsibility. She is seen as a leading advocate for women in the workplace; in 2003 she launched an economic development initiative called Wisconsin Women = Prosperity. In 2005, Lawton convened the Lt. Governor's Task Force on Women and Depression. Lawton has also championed such issues as clean energy and stem cell research.

A recent editorial in the Madison, Wisconsin daily The Capital Times called Lawton "the boldest and most active lieutenant governor in state history."

Prior to being elected lieutenant governor in 2002, Lawton won the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor in 1998 and ran alongside the party's nominee for governor, attorney Ed Garvey. The Garvey/Lawton ticket lost to incumbent Tommy Thompson and Scott McCallum. Lawton also ran unsuccessfully for State Senator in 1992.


Lieutenant Governor Lawton grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, first in Hales Corners and then on a farm near Waterford. She began her university studies at UW-Green Bay, where she met and married Cal Lawton. She earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Lawrence University in Appleton and a Master's Degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

During thirty-five years living in the Green Bay area, Barbara Lawton was active in the community, helping to co-found the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and was a leader in the Educational Resource Foundation. She was also a founding member of the Latinos Unidos and the Green Bay Area Multicultural Center. She served on the Entrepreneurs of Color Advisory Board, winning their first Founders' Award. She also served on the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Foundation Board.

Professionally, Lawton made her way as an international business consultant, helping businesses export their products to the southern cone of South America and providing cultural training. The Lawton family lived for a time in Oaxaca, Mexico and Santiago, Chile.

Barbara and Cal Lawton have two children and four grandchildren.



On November 7, 2006, Jim Doyle/Barbara C. Lawton won re-election to the office of Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor. They defeated Mark Green/Jean Hundertmark (R) and Nelson Eisman/Leon Todd (G) in the general election.

Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Doyle/Barbara C. Lawton Incumbent 52.7% 1,139,115
     Republican Mark Green/Jean Hundertmark 45.3% 979,427
     Green Nelson Eisman/Leon Todd 1.9% 40,709
     Scattering Various 0.1% 2,449
Total Votes 2,161,700
Election Results Via: Wisconsin State Elections Board


On November 5, 2002, Jim Doyle/Barbara C. Lawton won election to the office of Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor. They defeated Scott McCallum/M.A. Farrow (D) and six third-party challengers in the general election.

Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Doyle/Barbara C. Lawton 46.1% 800,515
     Republican Scott McCallum/M.A. Farrow Incumbent 42.3% 734,779
     Green Jim Young/Jeff Peterson 0.3% 4,411
     Libertarian Ed Thompson/M. Reynolds 10.7% 185,455
     Independent Alan D. Eisenberg 0.2% 2,847
     Independent Ty A. Bollerud 0.2% 2,637
     Independent Mike Mangan 0.1% 1,710
     Independent Aneb Jah Rasta 0.1% 929
     Scattering Various 0.1% 2,366
Total Votes 1,735,649
Election Results Via: Wisconsin State Election Board


1998 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Election (Lieutenant Governor's seat)

Scott McCallum (R) (inc.) 60%
Barbara Lawton (D) 39%

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