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Scott Walker (R)

Wisconsin Governor (since January 2011)

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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.

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Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

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Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

(Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King / Associated Press)

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

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Secession, a tournament for GOP

(Jim Urquhart / Reuters)

The party can learn from NCAA’s March Madness.

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2016 campaign checklist: Walker

(Morry Gash, File / Associated Press)

A look at preparations by Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

Scott Walker to hit the airwaves in Wisconsin with first ad

He’s a potential presidential candidate. But first, he has a race on his hands in 2014.

Michigan and Wisconsin highlight divide on Medicaid expansion

(Evan Vucci / AP)

The neighboring states have forged different paths to covering their poorest residents.

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Jeb Bush’s optimism school

(Mark Humphrey / AP)

Republicans could learn something from the former governor, even if he isn’t the party’s 2016 nominee.

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Longtime Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

(Charles Dharapak, File / Associated Press)

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he plans to retire, ending a 35-year career as a moderate Republican from east-central Wisconsin.

 
 

At a Glance

  • Career History: Milwaukee County Executive (2002-2010); Wisconsin State Assemblyman (1993-2002)
  • Birthday: November 2, 1967
  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Alma Mater: attended Marquette University
  • Spouse: Tonette
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Office: Office of Governor Scott Walker115 East CapitolMadison WI 53702(608) 266-1212
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Path To Power

As a politician, Walker has faced criticism over the fact that he remains one semester short of earning his bachelor's degree. During the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, he also refused to release transcripts from his time at Marquette University, where he said his GPA was 2.59 when he left. He is the first Wisconsin governor in 64 years without a university degree, and before the election, a review of sitting governor biographies showed that only three were without a B.A.

Walker began his professional career when he dropped out of Marquette University to work for the American Red Cross during his senior year. After working in the private sector for several years, he won a special election to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1993.

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The Issues

Walker is a fiscal and social conservative. He opposes abortion rights and supports the Second Amendment, as well as preserving rights for hunters, trappers and fishermen. He believes Wisconsin should be responsible for managing its own deer and wolf populations without outside interference. He cites this as one key component to building a strong tourism economy for the state.

Health Care

Walker opposes the Obama administration's health-care reform bill and has spoken against a mandatory health-insurance exchange, saying "Most of us feel, if it's going to happen, I'd rather have the states be in charge of it and narrow the scope so it's as free-market as possible."

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The Network

Walker was heartily supported by the Wisconsin Republican Party during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Wisconsin GOP Reps. James Sensenbrenner and 112th Congress House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) endorsed him during his 2010 race.

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