Why He Matters
A career politician who has served in both the Wisconsin legislature and as Milwaukee county executive, Walker has the distiction of being the only sitting U.S. governor in history to win a recall election aimed at removing him from office. He survived the recall on June 4, 2012, by beating his Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Walker actually won two governor’s races in two years, being elected first in 2010 — a year when Wisconsin's GOP captured the the entire state government.
Walker was an active lawmaker in the state Assembly and a fiscal conservative who took over as county executive in the middle of a pension-funds scandal. He conquered skepticism during the 2010 campaign about his lack of a university degree, instead focusing on his resume as a public servant.