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Governor Scott Walker

Governor of Wisconsin (2011 - Present)

 

Scott Walker grew up in a small Wisconsin town called Delavan. The son of a pastor, Scott had the spirit of service instilled in him at an early age. He was involved in sports, band, church, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

 

While in high school, Scott was selected to attend the American Legion's Badger Boys State program. There, he was picked as one of two representatives from Wisconsin to Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Both of these programs teach young men about the virtues of the American form of government and the protection of freedom. The experience opened Scott's eyes to public service.

 

In 1986, Scott moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University. While still in school, he worked for IBM before leaving school in his senior year to work full-time in development for the American Red Cross.

 

Scott was elected to the State Assembly in 1993. While there, he chaired several committees and authored important pieces of legislation that include: Truth-in-Sentencing, photo identification requirements to vote, and the elimination of the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases.

 

In 2002, Scott was elected Milwaukee County Executive to reform the scandal-ridden county government. The scandal rocked Milwaukee County to its core and left taxpayers on the hook for millions in pension obligations.

 

For eight years as County Executive, Scott faithfully kept his promise to spend taxpayer money as if it were his own. Not only did he cut the county's debt by 30%, reduce the county workforce by more than 25%, and author nine consecutive budgets without increasing the property tax levy from the previous year, but he also gave back over $375,000 of his own salary back to the taxpayers. Despite failing national and state economies, Milwaukee County recorded a budget surplus.

 

On January 3, 2011, Scott Walker was inaugurated as Wisconsin's 45th Governor. Since that day, he has proposed bold reforms that have eliminated the state's $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and gave school districts and local governments the tools to balance their budgets without the massive layoffs seen in other states. To date, these profound changes have already saved Wisconsin taxpayers some $5 billion, which led to property taxes on a median valued home to go down for the first time in 12 years.

 

Today, the economy is growing and there are more people working in Wisconsin than at any point in history. And the unemployment rate is down to 4%, the lowest level since 2001.

 

On June 5, 2012, Scott Walker became the first governor in American history to win a recall election. He won the election with more votes and by a higher percentage than he had won in 2010.

 

On November 4, 2014, Scott was reelected as Wisconsin's 45th Governor. Already in his second term, Scott has continued to stand up for working people by making Wisconsin the 25th Right to Work state in America. He remains committed to reducing the tax burden for Wisconsin's hardworking

 

taxpayers, streamlining government, and advancing reforms that will provide more opportunity and prosperity for all.

 

Governor Walker is married to Tonette and they have two sons - Matt, who graduated from Marquette University, and Alex who is a senior in college. They are active members of their church and remain active with numerous charitable programs.

 

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