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}}{{tnr}}'''Scott Walker''' (b.November 2, 1967 in Colorado Springs, [[Colorado]]) is the [[Governor of Wisconsin]]. Walker, who is a [[Republican Party|Republican]], previously served as the Milwaukee County Executive, and as a [[Wisconsin State Assembly|State Representative]].<ref name="resign">[http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/112495344.html ''Today's TMJ 4'' "Walker Works Last Day as County Executive", December 27, 2010]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Scott Walker''' (b.November 2, 1967, in Colorado Springs, [[Colorado]]) is a [[Republican]] currently serving as the 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.<ref name="resign">[http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/112495344.html ''Today's TMJ 4'' "Walker Works Last Day as County Executive", December 27, 2010]</ref>
  
Walker defeated [[Tom Barrett]] (D) in a[[Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)|recall election]] on June 5, 2012. A primary took place May 8.<ref name="recallresults">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WI_Page_0605.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press/C-SPAN,'' "Campaign 2012 - Wisconsin Election Results," June 5, 2012]</ref>
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Walker gained national attention soon after assuming the office of governor in 2011 due to his proposal of [[Wisconsin Act 10, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)|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 [[Union protests in Madison, Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill|massive protests]], mainly organized by unions. Opponents of the measure targeted Walker for recall, successfully forcing the incumbent to face a [[Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)|recall election]] on June 5, 2012.<ref> [http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/03/15/Recall-election-schedule-set-in-Wisconsin/UPI-32421331789711/ ''UPI,'' "Recall election schedule set in Wisconsin," March 15, 2012] </ref> Walker again faced [[Tom Barrett]] (D), defeating him 53% to 46%. In doing so Walker became the first governor to survive a recall.<ref> [http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/Governors/2012/0606/Gov.-Scott-Walker-makes-history-survives-Wisconsin-recall-election-video ''Christian Science Monitor,'' "Gov. Scott Walker makes history, survives Wisconsin recall election," June 6, 2012] </ref> The legislation also led to two years of [[Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)|State Senate recalls]], where ultimately three Republican Senators were recalled by voters.
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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.<ref> [http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/in-state-governments-signs-of-a-healthier-g-o-p/?smid=tw-share&_r=0 ''New York Times,'' "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/2013-news-releases/col2-content/nga-announces-new-executive-2013.html ''National Governor's Association,'' NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013]</ref>
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Walker, should he choose to run, will be up for re-election in [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014|2014]]. He is considered a potential candidate for President in 2016.<ref> [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/walker-opens-up-about-white-house-ambitions-88938.html ''Politico,'' "Scott Walker opens up about White House ambitions," March 16, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
  
Born in Colorado Springs, [[Colorado]] to Pat and Llewlyn Walker, Scott Walker first moved to Plainfield, [[Iowa]] before his settling in small town Delevan, [[Wisconsin]] in 1977. Growing up, Scott 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.<ref name="bio">[http://www.scottwalker.org/about/biography ''Scott Walker for Governor'' "Official Biography"]</ref>  Walker has credited that experience with sparking his political interest.
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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.<ref name="bio">[http://www.scottwalker.org/about/biography ''Scott Walker for Governor'' "Official Biography"]</ref>  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.<ref name="bio" />  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.
 
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.<ref name="bio" />  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 [[Wisconsin State Assembly|State Assembly]] in a special election for the 14th District.<ref name="bio" />  He was re-elected four times and served nine years as an Assembly person.<ref name="bio" />
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In 1993, Walker ran for and was elected to the [[Wisconsin State Assembly|State Assembly]] in a special election for the 14th District.<ref name="bio" />  He was re-elected four times and served nine years in the Assembly.<ref name="bio" />
  
 
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.<ref name="resign" /> He was re-elected as County Executive for Wisconsin's largest county in 2004 and 2008.<ref name="bio" />  In his 2008 re-election bid, Walker won over 57 percent of the vote.<ref>[http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyElectCommission/ElectionResults/2008/4108_Canvass_County_Executive.pdf ''Milwaukee County Election Commission'' "Spring 2008 General Election Results"]</ref>  Walker officially stepped down as County Executive on December 28, 2010 shortly after being elected the 45th Governor of Wisconsin.<ref name="resign" />   
 
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.<ref name="resign" /> He was re-elected as County Executive for Wisconsin's largest county in 2004 and 2008.<ref name="bio" />  In his 2008 re-election bid, Walker won over 57 percent of the vote.<ref>[http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyElectCommission/ElectionResults/2008/4108_Canvass_County_Executive.pdf ''Milwaukee County Election Commission'' "Spring 2008 General Election Results"]</ref>  Walker officially stepped down as County Executive on December 28, 2010 shortly after being elected the 45th Governor of Wisconsin.<ref name="resign" />   
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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.<ref>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/19297409/detail.html ''Channel 3000'' "Walker Expected To Announce Bid For Governor", 27 Apr. 2009]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/19297409/detail.html ''Channel 3000'' "Walker Expected To Announce Bid For Governor", 27 Apr. 2009]</ref>
  
Walker has been married to his wife Tonnette for 17 years and have two high school age sons.  The Walkers reside in Wauwatosa.<ref name="bio" />
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Walker and his wife Tonnette have two sons.  The Walkers reside in Wauwatosa.<ref name="bio" />
  
 
===Education===
 
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* Delevan-Darien High School, 1986
  
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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.<ref>[http://dailyreporter.com/blog/2009/11/13/walker-targets-wages-and-benefits/ ''The Daily Reporter'', "Walker targets wages and benefits", November 13, 2009]</ref>  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.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/37167414.html 'Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel'', "Walker says no thanks to federal stimulus dollars", January 6, 2009]</ref>  After his victory, the grant was rescinded and the money given to other states.
  
* [[Governor of Wisconsin]], 2011 - Present
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One of Walker's early proposals, [[Wisconsin Assembly Bill 11, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)|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.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704657704576150390393461846.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLETopStories ''Wall Street Journal'', "Union Fight Heats Up", February 17, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_3d93e6aa-363a-11e0-8493-001cc4c002e0.html ''Wisconsin State Journal'', "Highlights of Gov. Walker's budget repair  bill", February 11, 2011]</ref>
* Member of the [[Wisconsin State Legislature]] for District 17, 1993 - 2002
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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.
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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.
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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.<ref>[http://www.wisn.com/politics/2981352/detail.html ''WISN.com', "Walker Wins Race For Milwaukee County Executive", April 6, 2044]</ref><ref>[http://county.milwaukee.gov/2004ElectionResults9985.htm ''Milwaukee County'', "April 6, 2004 Election Results", accessed February 18, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyElectCommission/ElectionResults/2008/4108_Canvass_County_Executive.pdf ''Milwaukee County'', "April 1, 2008 Election Results", accessed February 18, 2011]</ref> 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.
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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.
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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 [[Wisconsin State Assembly|Assembly]] and the [[Wisconsin State Senate|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.   
 
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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.<ref>[http://dailyreporter.com/blog/2009/11/13/walker-targets-wages-and-benefits/ ''The Daily Reporter'', "Walker targets wages and benefits", November 13, 2009]</ref>  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.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/37167414.html 'Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel'', "Walker says no thanks to federal stimulus dollars", January 6, 2009]</ref>  After his victory, the grant was rescinded and the money given to other states.
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One of Walker's early proposals, [[Wisconsin Assembly Bill 11, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)|Wisconsin Assembly Bill 11, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill"]], is 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.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704657704576150390393461846.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLETopStories ''Wall Street Journal'', "Union Fight Heats Up", February 17, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_3d93e6aa-363a-11e0-8493-001cc4c002e0.html ''Wisconsin State Journal'', "Highlights of Gov. Walker's budget repair  bill", February 11, 2011]</ref>
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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 [[Wisconsin State Assembly|Assembly]] and the [[Wisconsin State Senate|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 are 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.   
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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]].<ref>[http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110211/GPG0101/110211052/Public-workers-in-Wisconsin-reeling-from-anti-union-bill ''Green Bay Press Gazette'', "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says National Guard ready for any unrest over anti-union bill", February 11, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2011/02/wisconsin-state-senator-mark-miller-calls-governor-scott-walkers-budget-tactics-insulting-asks-for-r.html ''ABC News'', "Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller Calls Governor Scott Walker's Budget Tactics 'Insulting,' Asks for 'Respect'", February 18, 2011]</ref>  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."<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/145033-wisconsin-gov-gop-emboldened-by-protests- ''The Hill'', "Wis. governor: GOP won't be 'bullied' by union bill protesters", February 18, 2011]</ref>
 
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]].<ref>[http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110211/GPG0101/110211052/Public-workers-in-Wisconsin-reeling-from-anti-union-bill ''Green Bay Press Gazette'', "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says National Guard ready for any unrest over anti-union bill", February 11, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2011/02/wisconsin-state-senator-mark-miller-calls-governor-scott-walkers-budget-tactics-insulting-asks-for-r.html ''ABC News'', "Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller Calls Governor Scott Walker's Budget Tactics 'Insulting,' Asks for 'Respect'", February 18, 2011]</ref>  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."<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/145033-wisconsin-gov-gop-emboldened-by-protests- ''The Hill'', "Wis. governor: GOP won't be 'bullied' by union bill protesters", February 18, 2011]</ref>
  
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.<ref>[http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-02182011-mps-closed-friday-story,0,4838415.story ''Fox 6'', "Milwaukee Public Schools closed for Friday due to high number of absentee calls from teachers", February 18, 2011]</ref>  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 needs one additional member to show up.<ref name=gazette>[http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110217/GPG0101/110217145/State-Democrats-flee-to-Rockford-Ill-hotel-to-block-anti-union-bill ''Green Bay Press Gazette,'' Wisconsin Democrats flee to Clock Tower Hotel in Rockford, Ill., to block anti-union bill, 17 Feb. 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9LENT880.htm ''Bloomberg Businessweek,'' Senator: Missing Wis. lawmakers left the state, 17 Feb. 2011]</ref>  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".<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/116434554.html ''Journal-Sentinal Online'', "The Dems' tantrum", February 17, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-02182011-mps-closed-friday-story,0,4838415.story ''Fox 6'', "Milwaukee Public Schools closed for Friday due to high number of absentee calls from teachers", February 18, 2011]</ref>  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.<ref name=gazette>[http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110217/GPG0101/110217145/State-Democrats-flee-to-Rockford-Ill-hotel-to-block-anti-union-bill ''Green Bay Press Gazette,'' Wisconsin Democrats flee to Clock Tower Hotel in Rockford, Ill., to block anti-union bill, 17 Feb. 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9LENT880.htm ''Bloomberg Businessweek,'' Senator: Missing Wis. lawmakers left the state, 17 Feb. 2011]</ref>  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".<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/116434554.html ''Journal-Sentinal Online'', "The Dems' tantrum", February 17, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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'.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021705494.html ''Washington Post'', "Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill", February 18, 2011]</ref>
 
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'.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021705494.html ''Washington Post'', "Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill", February 18, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703800204576158851079665840.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories ''Wall Street Journal'', "Political Fight Over Unions Escalates", February 22, 2011]</ref>  
 
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.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703800204576158851079665840.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories ''Wall Street Journal'', "Political Fight Over Unions Escalates", February 22, 2011]</ref>  
  
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 chairs 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.<ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110222/ap_on_re_us/us_wisconsin_budget_unions ''Yahoo News'', "Wis. Assembly leader vows to pass anti-union bill", February 22, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110222/ap_on_re_us/us_wisconsin_budget_unions ''Yahoo News'', "Wis. Assembly leader vows to pass anti-union bill", February 22, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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.<ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110222/ap_on_re_us/us_wisconsin_budget_unions ''Yahoo News'', "Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices", February 22, 2011]</ref>  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.
 
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.<ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110222/ap_on_re_us/us_wisconsin_budget_unions ''Yahoo News'', "Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices", February 22, 2011]</ref>  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 Senate [[Leah Vukmir]] indicated the idea had been considered but that the GOP was not yet sure it wanted to take that route.<ref>[http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/21/wisconsin-senate-can-eliminate-collective-bargaining-for-teachers-%E2%80%94-even-without-democrats-who-fled/ ''The Daily Caller'', "Wisconsin Senate can eliminate collective bargaining for teachers - even without Democrats who fled", February 21, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/21/wisconsin-senate-can-eliminate-collective-bargaining-for-teachers-%E2%80%94-even-without-democrats-who-fled/ ''The Daily Caller'', "Wisconsin Senate can eliminate collective bargaining for teachers - even without Democrats who fled", February 21, 2011]</ref>
  
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On June 14, 2011, the state [[Judgepedia:Wisconsin Supreme Court|Supreme Court]] overturned a lower court, ruling that Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining law is in effect.
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On June 14, 2011, the state [[Judgepedia:Wisconsin Supreme Court|Supreme Court]] overturned a lower court, ruling that Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining law was in effect.
  
The ruling voids [[Judgepedia:Dane County Circuit Court|Dane County Circuit Court]] Judge [[Judgepedia:Maryann Sumi|Maryann Sumi]]’s decision that the law wasn’t in effect because lawmakers broke the state’s [[SunshineReview:Wisconsin Open Meetings Law|open meetings law]] during the passage of the legislation.
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The ruling voided [[Judgepedia:Dane County Circuit Court|Dane County Circuit Court]] Judge [[Judgepedia:Maryann Sumi|Maryann Sumi]]’s decision that the law wasn’t in effect because lawmakers broke the state’s [[SunshineReview:Wisconsin Open Meetings Law|open meetings law]] during the passage of the legislation.
  
 
“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.”
 
“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.”
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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.<ref>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/breaking-news-high-court-overrules-sumi-says-union-reform-law-in-effect "High court overrules Sumi, says union reform law in effect," ''Wisconsin Reporter'', June 14th, 2011]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/breaking-news-high-court-overrules-sumi-says-union-reform-law-in-effect "High court overrules Sumi, says union reform law in effect," ''Wisconsin Reporter'', June 14th, 2011]</ref>
  
====Overruled====
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Dane County District Judge [[Judgepedia:Maryann Sumi|Maryann Sumi]] ruled in May 2011 that lawmakers violated [[SunshineReview:Wisconsin Open Meetings Law|Wisconsin's open meetings law]] in passing the collective bargaining legislation in spring 2011, and thereforee, the bill would be null and void. Gov. Walker had signed the bill into law, but the ruling overruled it.
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Dane County District Judge [[Judgepedia:Maryann Sumi|Maryann Sumi]] ruled in May 2011 that lawmakers violated [[SunshineReview:Wisconsin Open Meetings Law|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."
 
"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."
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“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."<reF>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/judge-collective-bargaining-bill-violated-open-meetings-law "Judge: Collective bargaining bill violated open meetings law," ''Wisconsin Reporter'', May 26, 2011]</ref>
 
“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."<reF>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/judge-collective-bargaining-bill-violated-open-meetings-law "Judge: Collective bargaining bill violated open meetings law," ''Wisconsin Reporter'', May 26, 2011]</ref>
  
===Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse===
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====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 amount to more than $250 million.
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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.
 
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.
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“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.”<ref>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/walkers-commission-finds-260-million-in-potential-savings-for-taxpayers "Walker’s commission finds $260 million in potential savings for taxpayers," ''Wisconsin Reporter'', July 13th, 2011]</ref>
 
“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.”<ref>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/walkers-commission-finds-260-million-in-potential-savings-for-taxpayers "Walker’s commission finds $260 million in potential savings for taxpayers," ''Wisconsin Reporter'', July 13th, 2011]</ref>
  
===Voter ID===
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In the summer of 2011, Wisconsin voters faced 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.
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====September 2013 NYC event====
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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.
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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.<ref name="nyc"/>
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It was a dinner and reception with [[Governor of New Jersey|New Jersey Gov.]] [[Chris Christie]], [[United States Senate|Senators]] [[Marco Rubio]] and [[Rand Paul]] and [[Governor of Wisconsin|Gov.]] Walker, as well as [[Governor of Michigan|Michigan Gov.]] [[Rick Snyder]] and [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Paul Ryan]], who were listed as the “special guests.”<ref name="nyc"/>
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It represented a major force of star power at a single event on behalf of the [[Republican Party|party]] and it featured some of the party’s brightest future talent, many of whom represent different wings of the GOP.<ref name="nyc">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/gop-16-hopefuls-slated-for-nyc-event-95905.html#ixzz2dHJgP74Q ''Politico,'' "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref>
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====Voter ID====
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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.
 
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 is required. Recall voters will be asked, but not required, to provide ID and will receive literature explaining the new requirements.
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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.
 
“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.
  
The State Assembly last week 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.
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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 will protect the integrity of elections.
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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.<ref>[http://statehousenewsonline.com/2011/05/16/wisconsin-elections-board-11-will-serve-as-test-for-voter-id/ "Wisconsin elections board: ‘11 will be test for voter ID," ''Wisconsin Reporter'' on ''Statehouse News Online'', May 16, 2011]</ref>
 
“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.<ref>[http://statehousenewsonline.com/2011/05/16/wisconsin-elections-board-11-will-serve-as-test-for-voter-id/ "Wisconsin elections board: ‘11 will be test for voter ID," ''Wisconsin Reporter'' on ''Statehouse News Online'', May 16, 2011]</ref>
  
===Budget bill, 2011===
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====Budget bill, 2011====
  
The legislative process for creating and passing the [[SunshineReview:Wisconsin state budget|budget]] the state budget included protestors and a lot of national attention. Late on June 16, 2011, the state Senate passed Gov. [[Scott Walker]]’s $66 billion budget on a party-line 19-14 vote after nine hours of debate.
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The legislative process for creating and passing the [[SunshineReview:Wisconsin state budget|budget]] the state budget included protestors and a lot of national attention. Late on June 16, 2011, the state Senate passed Gov. Walker’s $66 billion budget on a party-line 19-14 vote after nine hours of debate.
  
 
The 2011 legislative session was sharply divided between Republican and Democratic lawmakers on nearly all of Walker’s proposed legislation. The earlier protests included two protesters who chained themselves to railings in the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery.
 
The 2011 legislative session was sharply divided between Republican and Democratic lawmakers on nearly all of Walker’s proposed legislation. The earlier protests included two protesters who chained themselves to railings in the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery.
  
Once Gov. Walker signs the budget into law, it will take effect July 1.
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Walker signed the budget into law, which took effect July 1.
  
 
One protester began shouting from the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery as Senate President [[Michael Ellis]] called for a vote.
 
One protester began shouting from the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery as Senate President [[Michael Ellis]] called for a vote.
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“It’s an abandonment of our responsibility as officials to make sure that each citizen has the same opportunities,” said state Sen. [[Robert Jauch]].<ref>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/senate-oks-budget-above-din-of-protesters "Senate OKs budget above din of protesters, "Wisconsin Reporter", June 16th, 2011]</ref>
 
“It’s an abandonment of our responsibility as officials to make sure that each citizen has the same opportunities,” said state Sen. [[Robert Jauch]].<ref>[http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/senate-oks-budget-above-din-of-protesters "Senate OKs budget above din of protesters, "Wisconsin Reporter", June 16th, 2011]</ref>
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====Rejects Medicaid expansion====
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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.
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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."<ref name="WSJ"> [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/on-politics-gov-scott-walker-announces-he-is-rejecting-federal/article_3bf0f724-7617-11e2-b2aa-0019bb2963f4.html ''Wisconsin State Journal,'' "Scott Walker rejects Medicaid expansion, proposes alternate plan to cover uninsured," February 13, 2013] </ref>
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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.<ref name="WSJ"/>
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As expected, Republicans praised the decision while Democrats soundly rejected it. Walker became the 14th Republican governor to reject the Medicaid expansion.<ref> [http://www.thonline.com/news/iowa-illinois-wisconsin/article_47311063-534f-5d56-bc7f-7296a4529b9e.html ''Telegraph Herald,'' "Walker says no to federal Medicaid expansion," February 14, 2013] </ref>
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===County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)===
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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.<ref>[http://www.wisn.com/politics/2981352/detail.html ''WISN.com', "Walker Wins Race For Milwaukee County Executive", April 6, 2044]</ref><ref>[http://county.milwaukee.gov/2004ElectionResults9985.htm ''Milwaukee County'', "April 6, 2004 Election Results", accessed February 18, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyElectCommission/ElectionResults/2008/4108_Canvass_County_Executive.pdf ''Milwaukee County'', "April 1, 2008 Election Results", accessed February 18, 2011]</ref>  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.
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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.
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===Wisconsin State Legislature (1993 - 2002)===
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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.
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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.
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
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Walker is eligible to run for re-election as [[Governor of Wisconsin]] in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.
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====Polls====
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)]]''
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Walker faced [[Tom Barrett]] (D), [[James James]] (Common Sense), and [[Jim Langer]] (I) in the general election on [[November 2, 2010 election results|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 faced [[Tom Barrett]] (D), [[James James]] (Common Sense), and [[Jim Langer]] (I) in the general election on [[November 2, 2010 election results|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.
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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.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/percent%20results%20post%20recount_120710.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System", December 8, 2010]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/percent%20results%20post%20recount_120710.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System", December 8, 2010]</ref>
  
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* [http://walker.wi.gov/ Official Website of Governor Scott Walker]
 
* [http://walker.wi.gov/ Official Website of Governor Scott Walker]
 
* [http://www.scottwalker.org/ Scott Walker for Governor campaign website]
 
* [http://www.scottwalker.org/ Scott Walker for Governor campaign website]
* [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=109356 Project Vote Smart biography]
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Scott Walker
Scott Walker 2.jpg
Governor of Wisconsin
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Doyle (D)
Compensation
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
Education
High schoolDelevan-Darien High School (1986)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 2, 1967
Place of birthColorado Springs, CO
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Scott Walker (b.November 2, 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a Republican currently serving as the 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, should he choose to run, will be up for re-election in 2014. He is considered a potential candidate for President in 2016.[6]

Biography

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.[7] 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.[7] 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.[7] He was re-elected four times and served nine years in the Assembly.[7]

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.[7] In his 2008 re-election bid, Walker won over 57 percent of the vote.[8] 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.[9]

Walker and his wife Tonnette have two sons. The Walkers reside in Wauwatosa.[7]

Education

  • 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[14][15] 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."[16]

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.[17] 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.[18][19] 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".[20]

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'.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27]

In effect after Supreme Court ruling

On June 14, 2011, the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court, ruling that Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining law was in effect.

The ruling voided Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi’s decision that the law wasn’t in effect because lawmakers broke the state’s open meetings law during the passage of the legislation.

“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.”

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.[28]

Overruled

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 have pledged to pass the legislation again as part of the biennial budget — and they're counting 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."[29]

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.”[30]

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.[31][32]

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.[33]

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.”[33]

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.[33]

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.[34]

Budget bill, 2011

The legislative process for creating and passing the budget the state budget included protestors and a lot of national attention. Late on June 16, 2011, the state Senate passed Gov. Walker’s $66 billion budget on a party-line 19-14 vote after nine hours of debate.

The 2011 legislative session was sharply divided between Republican and Democratic lawmakers on nearly all of Walker’s proposed legislation. The earlier protests included two protesters who chained themselves to railings in the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery.

Walker signed the budget into law, which took effect July 1.

One protester began shouting from the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery as Senate President Michael Ellis called for a vote. “I want my democracy back!” she screamed.

Republicans accused Democrats of being short-sighted and resisting measures that could bring jobs to Wisconsin, ultimately benefiting the state.

“You want to talk values? Let’s talk values,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling. “Frugality...having a job...that’s the mission we have.”

Democrats accused Republicans of ignoring the needs of children by slashing funding for education while introducing tax breaks for businesses, and of targeting low-income residents while refusing to raise taxes on the wealthy.

“It’s an abandonment of our responsibility as officials to make sure that each citizen has the same opportunities,” said state Sen. Robert Jauch.[35]

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."[36]

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.[36]

As expected, Republicans praised the decision while Democrats soundly rejected it. Walker became the 14th Republican governor to reject the Medicaid expansion.[37]

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.[38][39][40] 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.

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014

Walker is eligible to run for re-election as Governor of Wisconsin in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.

Polls

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
48%47%5%+/-4750
Marquette Law School Poll
August 21-24, 2014
47%49%4%+/-4.1609
YouGov
August 18-September 2, 2014
49%45%6%+/-41,473
We Ask America
September 3, 2014
44%48%8%+/-31,170
Marquette University Law School
September 11-14, 2014
49%46%5%+/-4.1589
Rasmussen Reports
September 15-16, 2014
48%46%6%+/-4750
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
48%49%3%+/-31,444
Marquette University Law School
October 9-12, 2014
47%47%5%+/-3.21,004
WPR/St. Norbert College
October 19-21, 2014
47%46%6%+/-4603
Rasmussen Reports
October 20-21, 2014
48%49%3%+/-3973
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
46%45%10%+/-33,308
Marquette University Law School
October 23-26, 2014
50%43%4%+/-31,409
Public Policy Polling
(October 28-30, 2014)
48%47%5%+/--1,814
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
47.1%44.9%6.5%+/-3.5800
Rasmussen Reports
March 10-11, 2014
45%45%10%+/-4.5500
Marquette University Law School Poll
March 20-23, 2014
48%41%11%+/-3.5801
St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute
March 24 - April 3, 2014
55%40%5%+/-5401
Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America
April 14-15,2014
47%47%6%+/-3.36851
Public Policy Polling
April 17-20, 2014
48%45%7%+/-2.91,144
Marquette University Law School Poll
May 15-18, 2014
46%46%6%+/-3.5805
Marquette University Law School Poll
July 17-20, 2014
46%45%9%+/-3.5804
Gravis Marketing
July 31-August 3, 2014
47%47%6%+/-31,346
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.

2012

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.[41] On March 30, 2012, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board officially certified just over 900,000 signatures and scheduled the recall.[42]

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.


Endorsements

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel[43]

2010

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.[44]

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

2008

Scott Walker won election to a third term as Milwaukee County Executive against State Senator Lena Taylor on April 1, 2008.[45]

2008 Milwaukee County Executive Election Results[45].
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.[46]

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

2012

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.

2010

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.[47] Click [show] for more information.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Today's TMJ 4 "Walker Works Last Day as County Executive", December 27, 2010
  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
  6. Politico, "Scott Walker opens up about White House ambitions," March 16, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Scott Walker for Governor "Official Biography"
  8. Milwaukee County Election Commission "Spring 2008 General Election Results"
  9. Channel 3000 "Walker Expected To Announce Bid For Governor", 27 Apr. 2009
  10. The Daily Reporter, "Walker targets wages and benefits", November 13, 2009
  11. 'Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Walker says no thanks to federal stimulus dollars", January 6, 2009
  12. Wall Street Journal, "Union Fight Heats Up", February 17, 2011
  13. Wisconsin State Journal, "Highlights of Gov. Walker's budget repair bill", February 11, 2011
  14. Green Bay Press Gazette, "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says National Guard ready for any unrest over anti-union bill", February 11, 2011
  15. ABC News, "Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller Calls Governor Scott Walker's Budget Tactics 'Insulting,' Asks for 'Respect'", February 18, 2011
  16. The Hill, "Wis. governor: GOP won't be 'bullied' by union bill protesters", February 18, 2011
  17. Fox 6, "Milwaukee Public Schools closed for Friday due to high number of absentee calls from teachers", February 18, 2011
  18. Green Bay Press Gazette, Wisconsin Democrats flee to Clock Tower Hotel in Rockford, Ill., to block anti-union bill, 17 Feb. 2011
  19. Bloomberg Businessweek, Senator: Missing Wis. lawmakers left the state, 17 Feb. 2011
  20. Journal-Sentinal Online, "The Dems' tantrum", February 17, 2011
  21. Washington Post, "Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill", February 18, 2011
  22. NBC 15, "UPDATE: Madison Schools Go To Court To Get Teachers Back", February 18, 2011
  23. The Journal Times, "Unions picket Wanggaard home over Walker’s overhaul proposal", February 15, 2011
  24. Wall Street Journal, "Political Fight Over Unions Escalates", February 22, 2011
  25. Yahoo News, "Wis. Assembly leader vows to pass anti-union bill", February 22, 2011
  26. Yahoo News, "Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices", February 22, 2011
  27. The Daily Caller, "Wisconsin Senate can eliminate collective bargaining for teachers - even without Democrats who fled", February 21, 2011
  28. "High court overrules Sumi, says union reform law in effect," Wisconsin Reporter, June 14th, 2011
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  30. "Walker’s commission finds $260 million in potential savings for taxpayers," Wisconsin Reporter, July 13th, 2011
  31. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  32. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
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  36. 36.0 36.1 Wisconsin State Journal, "Scott Walker rejects Medicaid expansion, proposes alternate plan to cover uninsured," February 13, 2013
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  42. WTAQ, "Recall elections officially ordered against Gov. Walker, 5 other GOP lawmakers," March 30, 2012
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  45. 45.0 45.1 Milwaukee County Elections Commission "2008 Spring Election Results", April 1, 2008
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  47. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Doyle (D)
Governor of Wisconsin
2011-Present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Janine Geske
Milwaukee County Executive
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Lee Holloway
Preceded by
David Cullen (D)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 14
1993-2002
Succeeded by
Leah Vukmir (R)