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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 45th [[Governor of Wisconsin]]. He was first elected governor in [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2010|November 2010]], and was sworn into office January 3, 2011, replacing [[Democrat]] [[Jim Doyle]]. Walker won a second term in [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014|2014]], alongside running mate and [[Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor|current Lieutenant Governor]] [[Rebecca Kleefisch]] (R).<ref name=2014govrun>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walker-kicking-off-re-election-bid-with-rallies-around-wisconsin-b99248241z1-255300891.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'', "Scott Walker kicks off re-election bid with rallies around Wisconsin," April 15, 2014]</ref> His second term began in January 2015.
  
Walker is facing a [[Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)|recall election]] in 2012. The primary takes place May 8, with the general election on June 5, 2012.
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Walker is also considered a potential candidate for United States 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>
  
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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>
  
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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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 percent to 46 percent. 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]]; as a result of these efforts, three Republican Senators were removed from office.
  
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.
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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 Governors Association]]. He, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. He was named to this leadership role in August, 2013.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/2013-news-releases/col2-content/nga-announces-new-executive-2013.html ''National Governors Association,'' NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013]</ref>
  
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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==Biography==
  
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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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">[https://web.archive.org/web/2/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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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 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>
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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 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 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>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.channel3000.com/politics/19297409/detail.html ''Channel 3000'' "Walker Expected To Announce Bid For Governor," 27 Apr. 2009]</ref>
 
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* Delevan-Darien High School, 1986
  
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==Political career==
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===Governor of Wisconsin (2011 - Present)===
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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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====Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge====
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::''See also: [[2014 illegal immigration surge]]
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On July 22, 2014, the Republican governors of [[Robert J. Bentley|Alabama]], [[Pat McCrory|North Carolina]], [[Tom Corbett|Pennsylvania]], [[Gary R. Herbert|Utah]] and [[Scott Walker|Wisconsin]] sent [http://walker.wi.gov/sites/default/files/documents/7.22.14%20Letter%20to%20President%20Barack%20Obama.pdf a letter to President Obama] expressing their concerns about the handling of the ongoing border crisis. The crisis was over unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children illegally crossing into [[Texas]]. The governors noted that a failure to return the children “will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border,” endangering more children.<ref>[http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/07/23/at-least-32-governors-have-weighed-in-on-the-border-crisis-heres-what-each-has-said/ ''Washington Post'', "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014]</ref>
  
* [[Governor of Wisconsin]], 2011 - Present
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* County Executive of Milwaukee, 2002 - 2010
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::''See also: [[Wisconsin Act 10, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)]] and [[Union protests in Madison, Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill]]
* Member of the [[Wisconsin State Legislature]] for District 17, 1993 - 2002
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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 percent and 5.8 percent 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 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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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>
  
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 issuesHis 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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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] ''([[dead link]])'' ''([[dead link]])''</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>
  
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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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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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.<ref>[http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Madison_Schools_Prepare_For_Staff_Absences_116265614.html ''NBC 15'', "UPDATE: Madison Schools Go To Court To Get Teachers Back," February 18, 2011]</ref>  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.<ref>[http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_eaf85a4c-3900-11e0-a018-001cc4c03286.html ''The Journal Times'', "Unions picket Wanggaard home over Walker’s overhaul proposal," February 15, 2011]</ref>
  
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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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>  
  
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 pointWalker'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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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>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/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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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>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/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.
  
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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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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The [[Wisconsin Assembly]] voted for final passage of the bill on March 10, 2011, and Walker signed the bill into law the following day.<ref>[https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/proposals/jr1/ab11 ''Wisconsin Legislative Documents'', "Assembly Bill 11," accessed July 25, 2014]</ref> The new law immediately faced legal challenges.
  
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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=====Law struck down by district court=====
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Dane County District Judge [[Judgepedia:Maryann Sumi|Maryann Sumi]] ruled in May 2011 that lawmakers violated [[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.
  
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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"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."
  
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>
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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.
  
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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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.
  
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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“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>
  
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.<ref>[http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Madison_Schools_Prepare_For_Staff_Absences_116265614.html ''NBC 15'', "UPDATE: Madison Schools Go To Court To Get Teachers Back", February 18, 2011]</ref>  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.<ref>[http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_eaf85a4c-3900-11e0-a018-001cc4c03286.html ''The Journal Times'', "Unions picket Wanggaard home over Walker’s overhaul proposal", February 15, 2011]</ref>
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=====Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns lower court ruling=====
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On June 14, 2011, the state [[Judgepedia:Wisconsin Supreme Court|Wisconsin Supreme Court]] overturned the lower court opinion, ruling that Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining law was in effect.
  
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>
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The ruling voided [[Judgepedia:Dane County Circuit Court|Dane County Circuit Court]] Judge [[Judgepedia:Maryann Sumi|Maryann Sumi]]’s decision striking down the law because lawmakers broke the state’s [[Wisconsin Open Meetings Law|open meetings law]] during the passage of the legislation.
  
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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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>
  
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.
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“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.
  
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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====Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse====
  
====In effect after Supreme Court ruling====
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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.
  
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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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.
  
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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“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>
  
“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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====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.
  
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>
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The Government Accountability Board, the state’s elections agency, began preparing to train local clerks and poll workers before the Senate vote.
  
====Overruled====
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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.
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.
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"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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“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.
  
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.
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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.
  
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.
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State Senate Majority Leader [[Scott Fitzgerald]] said the proposal would protect the integrity of elections.
  
“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>
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“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>
  
===Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse===
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====Job creation ranking====
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{{Govs by job creation ranking 2013|Name=Walker|Number=40}}
  
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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====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.  
  
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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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"/>
  
“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>
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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"/>
  
===Voter ID===
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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>
  
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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====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.
  
The Government Accountability Board, the state’s elections agency, began preparing to train local clerks and poll workers before the Senate vote.
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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>
  
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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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"/>
  
“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.
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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>
  
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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====Tribal casinos====
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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>
  
State Senate Majority Leader [[Scott Fitzgerald]] said the proposal will protect the integrity of elections.
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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>
  
“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>
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===County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)===
  
===Budget bill, 2011===
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Walker was first elected to the position of Milwaukee County Executive in a special election to replace a County Executive who left office under the cloud of a pension fund scandal. He went on to win re-election twice, with 57 percent with 2004 and 59 percent in 2008.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/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 portions of his salary to the county treasury.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/29505169.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'', "Walker would lower salary givebacks," March 19, 2008]</ref>  He cut Milwaukee County's payroll and debt during his tenure in the position.<ref name=NPR2010>[http://www.webcitation.org/5waQHlpQj ''NPR'', "Election 2010: AP Election Guide," accessed July 25, 2014]</ref>
  
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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In the summer of 2010, when Walker's first campaign for [[Governor of Wisconsin]] was underway, a concrete panel fell from a county-owned parking structure, striking and killing a 15-year-old boy. This became an issue in the [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014|gubernatorial election]]. Walker's critics said that in his role as county executive, he had exercised insufficient oversight over the public building and it had therefore been poorly maintained and unsafe for use. An investigation was conducted which determined that the panel had been improperly installed. The family of the victims bought a lawsuit against the company that manufactured and installed the panels; they were awarded $33 million in damages. Milwaukee County received $6 million in damages from the company.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/insurance-firm-must-bear-brunt-of-odonnell-park-verdict-judge-says-b99202065z1-244800671.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'', "Insurance firm must pay big part of O'Donnell Park verdict, judge says", February 10, 2014]</ref> 
  
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.
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Walker's staff during his time as county executive came under scrutiny in a "John Doe" legal proceeding; the investigation began in 2010 and continued for several years thereafter. Two of Walker's county aides were convicted of "misconduct in office for doing campaign work on county time" as a result of this investigation. Four other individuals were also convicted on various charges.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/new-emails-show-scott-walker-played-role-in-odonnell-park-news-flow-b9964849z1-217511151.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'', "Probe of Scott Walker's aides may factor in O'Donnell Park death trial," October 6, 2013]</ref>
  
Once Gov. Walker signs the budget into law, it will take effect July 1.
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===Wisconsin State Legislature (1993 - 2002)===
  
One protester began shouting from the Senate chamber’s viewing gallery as Senate President [[Michael Ellis]] called for a vote.
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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.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20100920033508/http://www.wrtl.org/pdf/WalkerVotingRecord.pdf ''Wisconsin Right to Life'', "ABOUT SCOTT WALKER," accessed July 25, 2014]</ref>  His positions on the last issue was later to earn him multiple important endorsements from right to life groups during his gubernatorial run.
“I want my democracy back!” she screamed.
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Republicans accused Democrats of being short-sighted and resisting measures that could bring jobs to Wisconsin, ultimately benefiting the state.
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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.<ref name=NPR2010/>
  
“You want to talk values? Let’s talk values,” said state Sen. [[Alberta Darling]]. “Frugality...having a job...that’s the mission we have.”
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===2016===
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.
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====Presidency====
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::''See also: [[Scott Walker possible presidential campaign, 2016]] and [[Presidential election, 2016]]''
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Walker is considered a [[Republican presidential candidates, 2016|possible Republican presidential candidate]] in 2016.
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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>
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
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Walker was [[Wisconsin Gubernatorial election, 2014|re-elected]] to a second term as [[Governor of Wisconsin]] in 2014.<ref name=2014govrun/> Walker was renominated without opposition in the [[Republican]] primary on August 12. He ran on the [[Republican]] ticket with Lt. Gov. [[Rebecca Kleefisch]] in the general election on November 4, 2014.
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==Elections==
 
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Scott Walker recall, Wisconsin (2012)]]''
A recall election of Walker will take place on June 5, 2012, with primaries on May 8.  
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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.  
  
Walker faces [[Arthur Kohl-Riggs]] in the Republican primary. Five candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination - [[Kathleen Falk]], [[Kathleen Vinehout]], [[Doug La Follette]], [[Tom Barrett]] and [[Gladys Huber]]. [[Hariprasad "Hari" Trivedi]] is running as an Independent.
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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 [[Wisconsin Act 10, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)|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 [[Wisconsin State Senate|state Senators]] faced [[Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)|recall elections]], which ultimately led to two incumbent Republicans being removed from office.  
 
Talk of an attempt to recall Walker for his role in the passage of the [[Wisconsin Act 10, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)|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 [[Wisconsin State Senate|state Senators]] faced [[Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011)|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.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/effort-to-recall-Wisconsin-governor-to-begin-Nov-15-131489833.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Walker recall effort to get underway Nov. 15," October 10, 2011]</ref> On March 30, 2012, the [[Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]] officially certified just over 900,000 signatures and scheduled the recall.<ref>[http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2012/mar/30/recall-elections-officially-ordered-against-gov-walker-5-other-gop-lawmakers/ ''WTAQ,'' "Recall elections officially ordered against Gov. Walker, 5 other GOP lawmakers," March 30, 2012]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/effort-to-recall-Wisconsin-governor-to-begin-Nov-15-131489833.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Walker recall effort to get underway Nov. 15," October 10, 2011]</ref> On March 30, 2012, the [[Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]] officially certified just over 900,000 signatures and scheduled the recall.<ref>[http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2012/mar/30/recall-elections-officially-ordered-against-gov-walker-5-other-gop-lawmakers/ ''WTAQ,'' "Recall elections officially ordered against Gov. Walker, 5 other GOP lawmakers," March 30, 2012]</ref>
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*Milwaukee Journal Sentinel<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/we-recommend-walker-his-removal-isnt-justified-l55ecb6-152111305.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "We recommend Walker; his removal isn't justified," May 19, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2010]]'' and ''[[Gubernatorial elections, 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 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 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 percent of the vote.  In the primaries, Walker easily defeated two GOP challengers.  His general election battle with Barrett, the Mayor of Milwaukee at the time, was one of the most acrimonious of the 2010 cycle, becoming more fraught as Walker's poll number improved.
  
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.
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Walker ran on a ticket with [[Rebecca Kleefisch]].
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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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* [[Governor of Wisconsin]]
 
* [[Governor of Wisconsin]]
 
* [[Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin]]
 
* [[Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin]]
 
* [[Rebecca Kleefisch|Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch]]
 
* [[Rebecca Kleefisch|Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch]]
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* [[Wisconsin Gubernatorial election, 2014]]
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* [[Presidential election, 2016]]
  
 
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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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Latest revision as of 13:18, 11 February 2015

See also: Scott Walker possible presidential campaign, 2016
Scott Walker
Scott Walker 2.jpg
Governor of Wisconsin
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Term ends
2019
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Doyle (D)
Compensation
Base salary$144,423
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
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
Date of birthNovember 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 45th Governor of Wisconsin. He was first elected governor in November 2010, and was sworn into office January 3, 2011, replacing Democrat Jim Doyle. Walker won a second term in 2014, alongside running mate and current Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R).[1] His second term began in January 2015.

Walker is also considered a potential candidate for United States President in 2016.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] Walker again faced Tom Barrett (D), defeating him 53 percent to 46 percent. In doing so Walker became the first governor to survive a recall.[5] The legislation also led to two years of State Senate recalls; as a result of these efforts, three Republican Senators were removed from office.

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Walker as the 3rd most conservative governor in the country.[6] Walker is a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association. He, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. He was named to this leadership role in August, 2013.[7]

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.[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.[3] 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.[3]

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]

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.[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.

Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge

See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge

On July 22, 2014, the Republican governors of Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns about the handling of the ongoing border crisis. The crisis was over unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children illegally crossing into Texas. The governors noted that a failure to return the children “will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border,” endangering more children.[13]

Collective bargaining

See also: Wisconsin Act 10, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011) and Union protests in Madison, Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill

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 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.[14][15]

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.[16][17] 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."[18]

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.[19] 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.[20][21] 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."[22]

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'.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28] 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.[29]

The Wisconsin Assembly voted for final passage of the bill on March 10, 2011, and Walker signed the bill into law the following day.[30] 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."[31]

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.[32]

“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.”[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]

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.[35][36]

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.[37]

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.”[37]

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.[37]

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."[38]

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.[38]

As expected, Republicans praised the decision while Democrats soundly rejected it. Walker became the 14th Republican governor to reject the Medicaid expansion.[39]

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.[40]

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.[40]

County Executive of Milwaukee (2002 - 2010)

Walker was first elected to the position of Milwaukee County Executive in a special election to replace a County Executive who left office under the cloud of a pension fund scandal. He went on to win re-election twice, with 57 percent with 2004 and 59 percent in 2008.[41][42][43] While in office, Walker returned portions of his salary to the county treasury.[44] He cut Milwaukee County's payroll and debt during his tenure in the position.[45]

In the summer of 2010, when Walker's first campaign for Governor of Wisconsin was underway, a concrete panel fell from a county-owned parking structure, striking and killing a 15-year-old boy. This became an issue in the gubernatorial election. Walker's critics said that in his role as county executive, he had exercised insufficient oversight over the public building and it had therefore been poorly maintained and unsafe for use. An investigation was conducted which determined that the panel had been improperly installed. The family of the victims bought a lawsuit against the company that manufactured and installed the panels; they were awarded $33 million in damages. Milwaukee County received $6 million in damages from the company.[46]

Walker's staff during his time as county executive came under scrutiny in a "John Doe" legal proceeding; the investigation began in 2010 and continued for several years thereafter. Two of Walker's county aides were convicted of "misconduct in office for doing campaign work on county time" as a result of this investigation. Four other individuals were also convicted on various charges.[47]

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.[48] 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.[45]

Elections

2016

Presidency

See also: Scott Walker possible presidential campaign, 2016 and Presidential election, 2016

Walker is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. When asked on December 1, 2013, if he was considering a run for the presidency, Walker said, "I'm running for governor ... we'll see what happens after that. I've got to look at my state ... for now I'm focused on being governor."[49] Then, on February 5, 2015, when Martha Raddatz asked if he will run for president, Walker said, "I’ll just tell you one thing. After three elections for governor in four years in a state that hasn’t gone Republican since 1984 for president, I wouldn’t bet against me on anything."[50]

2014

See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014

Walker was re-elected to a second term as Governor of Wisconsin in 2014.[1] Walker was renominated without opposition in the Republican primary on August 12. He ran on the Republican ticket with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Results

General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch Incumbent 52.3% 1,259,706
     Democrat Mary Burke/John Lehman 46.6% 1,122,913
     Libertarian Robert Burke/Joseph Brost 0.8% 18,720
     Independent Dennis Fehr 0.3% 7,530
     Nonpartisan Scattering 0.1% 1,248
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 200
Total Votes 2,410,317
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

Race background

This was incumbent Governor Scott Walker's third election in four years. He first won in the 2010 elections and he faced a high-profile recall election in 2012. Walker, a Republican, defeated the same Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, by a similar margin in both elections. This year, Walker's main Democratic challenger was Mary Burke, a former business executive and current member of the school board in Madison, Wisconsin.

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 be as strong this year, the underlying issues still exist and Governor Walker remains a divisive figure.[51] Walker is the only governor to have survived a recall and only the third governor to face a recall election in US history.[52]

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.[53] Burke publicly supported Common Core.[54]

State of the race

Polling as of 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 hinged on which candidate was better able to motivate their voters to go to the polls, rather than appealing to the few voters still undecided. As of July 2014, The Cook Political Report rated this race as a "toss-up."[55]

Libertarian Robert Burke and Peoples Party candidate Dennis Fehr were identified as potential variables in this toss-up race, though their vote total did not contribute to the outcome of the race. Robert Burke, a "socially liberal" former Republican, said that he "...can mess things up for both sides."[56][57][58] Fehr is the founder and sole candidate of the Peoples Party, not to be confused with the People's Party.[59]

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.[60]

Debates

Debate media

October 10 debate

October 17 debate
October 17 debate

The second debate between Mary Burke (D) and Scott Walker (R) centered on the state economy as both candidates jousted for position as the best candidate for Wisconsin voters. Burke hammered away at the Republican governor for failing to create 250,000 jobs in his first term as he pledged during his 2010 campaign. She also blamed Walker and Republican legislators for a projected budget shortfall of $1.8 billion. Walker countered that his administration helped generate 100,000 new jobs and $2 billion in tax cuts since 2011. He also argued that Burke's economic plan used word-for-word passages from the plans of other Democratic candidates, an issue at the heart of recent pro-Walker TV ads.[61]

October 10 debate

Burke and Walker discussed the minimum wage, economic policy and abortion during a debate hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Gov. Walker initially evaded a question about raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, though he eventually responded that state officials should push to create jobs that earn more than minimum wage. Burke countered that Walker's argument was unrealistic as "retail and home health" workers would not be able to shift easily to industrial jobs. Walker argued that Wisconsin families experienced an average tax reduction of $322 in 2014, while Burke suggested that Walker should not be elected again because the state has a projected budget shortfall.[62]

Gov. Walker did not respond directly to a question whether he opposed abortion in cases of rape, noting that the Supreme Court resolved the question in Roe v. Wade. Burke echoed an ad campaign by Planned Parenthood prior to the general election, arguing that the governor's position on abortion is "anything but reasonable."[62]

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.[63] On March 30, 2012, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board officially certified just over 900,000 signatures and scheduled the recall.[64]

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[65]

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 percent of the vote. In the primaries, Walker easily defeated two GOP challengers. His general election battle with Barrett, the Mayor of Milwaukee at the time, 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.[66]

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.[67]

2008 Milwaukee County Executive Election Results[67].
Candidates Percentage
Scott Walker 57.74%
Lena Taylor 40.40%
Scattering 0.17%
Total votes 170,251

NOTE: County Executive candidates are listed as nonpartisan

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.[68]

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


Personal

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

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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)