|Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin|
|January 3, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Barbara Lawton (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 5, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Date of birth||October 8, 1975|
Kleefisch and Walker faced, and won, separate recall elections on June 5, 2012 that stemmed from their support for a law restricting collective bargaining rights. Kleefisch is the first and only lieutenant governor to face a recall.
Kleefisch's term has focused mainly on jobs and veterans issues. She has been credited with coining the phrase "Wisconsin is Open for Business" and serves as the state's "Jobs Ambassador," leading the Governor's Small Business Summits.
Kleefisch is eligible for re-election on November 4, 2014, but has yet to make her intentions known.
Kleefisch was born in the State of Michigan to David and Marijo Reed. Kleefisch also grew up in Northwest Ohio before moving to Wisconsin. Rebecca's father David, was the Vice President of Marketing for the Butler Corporation, which made envelopes, while her mother Marijo was an Interior Designer.
Kleefisch attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication in 1997 . After graduating from college, Rebecca began her Journalism career as a reporter for WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois. Kleefisch continued her career as a reporter for WISN-TV in Milwaukee. The former journalist was noted for her coverage at WISN of the 2002 Milwaukee County Pension Scandal. The scandal resulted the recalls of County Board Chairwoman Karen Ordains, along with County Board Supervisor Kathleen Arciszewski. Also, former County Executive Tom Ament resigned
Kleefisch left WISN-TV in 2004 to be a full-time mother after giving birth to her first child. She later formed her own marketing company before briefly returning to journalism in 2009 as a correspondent for WTMJ radio in Milwaukee. In 2010, Kleefisch announced her run for Lieutenant Governor
- BA, journalism, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (2011-Present)
Kleefisch has defined her main duty as being the state's "job ambassador." She went on to describe her role, saying, "I get paid to facilitate job creation and workforce preparedness, among other duties. With few constitutional responsibilities, the Wisconsin lieutenant governor can be nimble enough to focus on the most pressing issues and policy priorities of our state at any given time."
Kleefisch is eligible to run for re-election as Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor in 2014. She has not yet made her intentions in the race known.
Kleefisch defeated Mahlon Mitchell (D) in a recall election on June 5, 2012. She was unopposed in the primary on May 8.
|Recall of Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, 2012|
|Republican||Rebecca Kleefisch Incumbent||52.9%||1,301,739|
|Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board|
An effort to recall Kleefisch was launched on November 15, 2011. Supporters turned in approximately 845,000 signatures on January 17, 2012 and on March 30, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board unanimously certified about 809,000 of them.
- Tea Party Express
Kleefisch defeated four other candidates in the September 14 primary. She faced Tom Nelson (D) and Terry Virgil (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Kleefisch ran on the same ticket with Scott Walker and won the election.
|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|
Comprehensive donor information for Kleefisch is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kleefisch raised a total of $2,305,981 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.
|Rebecca Kleefisch's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor||$1,919,699|
|2010||Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor||$386,282|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,305,981|
Kleefisch won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in 2012. During that election cycle, Kleefisch raised a total of $1,191,699.
|Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rebecca Kleefisch's campaign in 2012|
|Friends of Scott Walker||$49,365|
|Wisconsin Republican Party||$26,057|
|Jere C. Fabick||$25,000|
|Daniel F. McKeithan||$12,500|
|Kathryn M. Burke||$10,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$1,191,699|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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|Renecca Kleefisch's Campaign Contributions|
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$6,141,017 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||Wisconsin Realtors Association||$12,939|
|Citizens for Kedzie||$12,500|
|Tavern League of Wisconsin||$12,500|
|Wisconsin Builders Association||$10,500|
|Judith M Couri||$10,000|
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
19 East, State Capitol
P.O. Box 2043
Madison, WI 53702
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- Official Website of Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
- Rebecca Kleefisch campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Rebecca Kleefisch on Facebook
- Rebecca Kleefisch on Twitter
- Rebecca Kleefisch on YouTube
- 620 WTMJ, "Rebecca Kleefisch Runs for Lt. Governor," January 2010
- Associated Press/C-SPAN, "Campaign 2012 - Wisconsin Election Results," June 5, 2012
- LaCrosse Tribune, "Kleefisch, first lieutenant governor to face recall," June 5, 2012
- Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, "Who is Rebecca Kleefisch?" accessed April 11, 2013
- Office of Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch "Welcome"(Biography is located on the right section of the website's home page)
- LinkedIn "Public Profile of Rebecca Kleefisch"
- JSOnline "Kleefisch, Nelson square off for lieutenant governor's job", October 10, 2010
- JSOnline "Rebecca Kleefisch makes run for No. 2 post", January 19, 2010
- Governing, "How Successful Are Lieutenant Governors Seeking the Governorship?," April 12, 2013
- WTAQ, "Recall elections officially ordered against Gov. Walker, 5 other GOP lawmakers," March 30, 2012
- Wauwatosa Patch, "Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Thankful for Tea Party Express' Endorsement," May 21, 2012
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Rebecca Kleefisch," accessed May 6, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
- Office of Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch "Contact Us"
Barbara Lawton (D)
|Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
2011 - present
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