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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.<ref name=casino>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/02/05/republican-governors-group-benefitting-big-from-wisconsin-casino-fight/ ''The Washington Post'', "Republican governors group benefitting big from Wisconsin casino fight," February 14, 2014]</ref>
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.<ref name=casino>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/02/05/republican-governors-group-benefitting-big-from-wisconsin-casino-fight/ ''The Washington Post'', "Republican governors group benefitting big from Wisconsin casino fight," February 14, 2014]</ref>
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 Party|Republican Governors Association]], on whose executive committee Governor Walker sits. As of early 2014, there is no indication that Walker will make his decision soon.<ref name=casino></ref>
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 Party|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.<ref name=casino></ref>
===County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)===
===County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)===

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Scott Walker
Scott Walker 2.jpg
Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorJim Doyle (D)
Base salary$144,423
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 5, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$48,848,814
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Milwaukee County Executive
May 10, 2002-December 28, 2010
Wisconsin State Assembly
1993 - 2002
High schoolDelevan-Darien High School (1986)
Date of birthNovember 2, 1967
Place of birthColorado Springs, CO
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Scott Walker (b.November 2, 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a Republican currently serving as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. He was elected to this position in 2010, defeating Tom Barrett, the Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee. Rising through the state ranks to reach the governorship, Walker first served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1993-2002, and as Milwaukee County Executive from 2002-2010.[1]

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.[2] Walker again faced Tom Barrett (D), defeating him 53% to 46%. In doing so Walker became the first governor to survive a recall.[3] The legislation also led to two years of State Senate recalls, where ultimately three Republican Senators were recalled by voters.

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.[4] Walker is a member of the executive committee of the National Governor's 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.[5]

Walker ran for re-election in 2014.[6] He is also considered a potential candidate for President in 2016.[7]


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.[8] 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.[8] 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.

In 1993, Walker ran for and was elected to the State Assembly in a special election for the 14th District.[8] He was re-elected four times and served nine years in the Assembly.[8]

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.[1] He was re-elected as County Executive for Wisconsin's largest county in 2004 and 2008.[8] In his 2008 re-election bid, Walker won over 57 percent of the vote.[9] Walker officially stepped down as County Executive on December 28, 2010 shortly after being elected the 45th Governor of Wisconsin.[1]

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.[10]

Walker and his wife Tonnette have two sons. The Walkers reside in Wauwatosa.[8]


  • Marquette University (Attended 1986 to 1990)
  • Delevan-Darien High School, 1986

Political career

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.[11] 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.[12] After his victory, the grant was rescinded and the money given to other states.

Collective bargaining

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.[13][14]

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.[15][16] 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."[17]

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.[18] 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.[19][20] 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."[21]

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'.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27] 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.[28]

The Wisconsin Assembly voted for final passage of the bill on March 10, 2011, and Walker signed the bill into law the following day.[29] The new law immediately faced legal challenges.

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."[30]

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.

The ruling voided Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi’s decision striking down the law because lawmakers broke the state’s open meetings law during the passage of the legislation.

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.[31]

“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.”[32]

Voter ID

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.[33]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, 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.[34][35]

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.[36]

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.”[36]

It represented a major force of star power at a single event on behalf of the party and it featured some of the party’s brightest future talent, many of whom represent different wings of the GOP.[36]

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."[37]

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.[37]

As expected, Republicans praised the decision while Democrats soundly rejected it. Walker became the 14th Republican governor to reject the Medicaid expansion.[38]

Tribal casinos

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.[39]

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.[39]

County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)

First elected in a special election to replace a County Executive who had left office under the cloud of a pension fund scandal, Walker went on to win re-election twice, with 57% with 2004 and 59% in 2008.[40][41][42] While in office, Walker returned substantial portions of his own salary - half of what he earned in most years. While in office, Walker also cut payroll and debt in Milwaukee County.

Toward the end of his time as a County Executive, the collapse of a public parking garage in Milwaukee, a tragedy that killed a 14 year old boy, became a rapidly politicized campaign point. Walker's opponent and his critics in general blamed him for being part a shoddy oversight that allowed the garage to be so poorly maintained as to be unsafe for use at the time of the collapse. Walker maintained, and investigations showed, that original construction, before he joined the County Executive's office, was partly responsible.

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

Walker ran for re-election as Governor of Wisconsin in 2014.[6] Walker sought re-nomination in the Republican primary on August 12. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Race background

November 2014 marked 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. In 2014, Walker's main Democratic challenger was Mary Burke, a former business executive and current member of the school board in Madison.

2012 recall
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 have been as strong in the 2014 election cycle, the underlying issues still existed and Governor Walker remained a divisive figure.[43] Walker is the only governor to have survived a recall and only the third governor to face a recall election in U.S. history.[44]

Common Core
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 surfaced in this race. Walker, a former supporter of the education standards, began to back away from his stance and sought to change how Common Core is implemented in Wisconsin.[45] Burke publicly supported Common Core.[46]

State of the race

Polling in October 2014 indicated a close race with few undecided voters, driven by the highly charged political atmosphere and almost continuous campaigning caused by the recall. The race depended on each candidate's ability to motivate supporters to go to the polls, rather than the ability to change the minds of undecided voters. As of July 2014, The Cook Political Report rated this race as a "toss-up."[47]

Libertarian Robert Burke and Peoples Party candidate Dennis Fehr were identified as potential variables in this toss-up race, though their vote totals did not contribute to the outcome of the race. Burke, a "socially liberal" former Republican, said that he "...can mess things up for both sides."[48][49][50] Fehr is the founder and sole candidate of the Peoples Party, not to be confused with the People's Party.[51]

Primary races

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.[52]


Governor of Wisconsin, General election from August 2014
Poll Scott Walker * (R) Mary Burke (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
August13-14, 2014
Marquette Law School Poll
August 21-24, 2014
August 18-September 2, 2014
We Ask America
September 3, 2014
Marquette University Law School
September 11-14, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
September 15-16, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
Marquette University Law School
October 9-12, 2014
WPR/St. Norbert College
October 19-21, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
October 20-21, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
Marquette University Law School
October 23-26, 2014
Public Policy Polling
(October 28-30, 2014)
AVERAGES 47.62% 46.69% 5.38% +/-3.26 1,222.77
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Wisconsin, General election through July 2014
Poll Scott Walker (R) Mary Burke (D)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Marquette University Law School Poll
October 21-24, 2013
Rasmussen Reports
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
April 14-15,2014
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
Gravis Marketing
July 31-August 3, 2014
AVERAGES 47.68% 44.54% 7.39% +/-3.64 828
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.


See also: Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)

Walker defeated Tom Barrett (D) and Hariprasad "Hari" Trivedi (I) in a recall election on June 5, 2012. A primary took place on May 8.

Recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker Incumbent 53.1% 1,335,585
     Democratic Tom Barrett 46.3% 1,164,480
     Independent Hari Trivedi 0.6% 14,463
     Scattering - 0.1% 1,537
Total Votes 2,516,065
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.[53] On March 30, 2012, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board officially certified just over 900,000 signatures and scheduled the recall.[54]

Wisconsin Governor Recall - Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker Incumbent 96.9% 626,962
Arthur Kohl-Riggs 3.1% 19,939
Patrick J. O'Brien (Write-In) 0% 17
Scattering 0% 204
Total Votes 647,122
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.


  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel[55]


See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

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.[56]

Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott 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
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,160,832
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.[57]

2008 Milwaukee County Executive Election Results[57].
Candidates Percentage
Scott Walker 57.74%
Lena Taylor 40.40%
Scattering 0.17%
Total votes 170,251

NOTE: County Executive candidates are listed as non-partisan

Campaign donors

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.[58]

Scott Walker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Wisconsin Won $37,717,808
2010 Governor of Wisconsin Won $11,016,186
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $81,092
1998 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $33,728
Grand Total Raised $48,848,814


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.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Scott Walker's donors each year.[59] Click [show] for more information.

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  2. UPI, "Recall election schedule set in Wisconsin," March 15, 2012
  3. Christian Science Monitor, "Gov. Scott Walker makes history, survives Wisconsin recall election," June 6, 2012
  4. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  5. National Governor's Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
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  17. The Hill, "Wis. governor: GOP won't be 'bullied' by union bill protesters," February 18, 2011
  18. Fox 6, "Milwaukee Public Schools closed for Friday due to high number of absentee calls from teachers," February 18, 2011
  19. Green Bay Press Gazette, Wisconsin Democrats flee to Clock Tower Hotel in Rockford, Ill., to block anti-union bill, 17 Feb. 2011
  20. Bloomberg Businessweek, Senator: Missing Wis. lawmakers left the state, 17 Feb. 2011
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  23. NBC 15, "UPDATE: Madison Schools Go To Court To Get Teachers Back," February 18, 2011
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  25. Wall Street Journal, "Political Fight Over Unions Escalates," February 22, 2011
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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Doyle (D)
Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Janine Geske
Milwaukee County Executive
Succeeded by
Lee Holloway
Preceded by
David Cullen (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 14
Succeeded by
Leah Vukmir (R)