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. He worked part-time as a dish washer and eventually flipped burgers at McDonald's in high school.
During his junior year, 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 college, he worked for IBM before leaving school in his senior year to work full-time in marketing and 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. His constituents elected him to four terms as their representative in state government.
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. He cut the county’s debt by 30%, reduced the county workforce by more than 25%, and authored nine consecutive budgets without increasing the property tax levy from the previous year. Despite failing national and state economies, Milwaukee County recorded budget surpluses.
Scott is the only Republican to ever serve as Milwaukee County Executive. After the special election in 2002, the voters honored him with full terms in 2004 and 2008. In his last election, Scott received nearly 60% of the vote in a county that President Obama carried with about two-thirds of the vote.
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 saved Wisconsin taxpayers some $3 billion.
Governor Walker has also cut taxes by $2 billion for individuals, families, farmers, seniors, and small businesses since taking office. In fact, after skyrocketing by 27 percent in the decade before Governor Walker took office, property taxes on a median-valued home will actually be lower in 2014 than they were in 2010.
Governor Walker set an aggressive goal to help Wisconsin’s private sector create 250,000 jobs and he stands by it. We’re not there yet, but we’re on our way. After years of record job loss, Wisconsin has created over 100,000 jobs during the Walker administration.
In fact, more jobs were created in Scott Walker's first three years than in former Governor Jim Doyle's first three years, more jobs were created in Scott's first three years than in Doyle's first four years, more jobs were created in Scott's first three years than in all eight years of Jim Doyle's time as Governor. Nearly twice as many jobs were created during Scott Walker's first three years as were created during the three years Mary Burke worked for Governor Doyle.
In the annual survey of job creators from the state’s chamber of commerce, 95% said Wisconsin is headed in the right direction (compared to just 10% who said the same thing in 2010). Chief Executive Magazine's ranking of the best state for business moved Wisconsin up from 41st in 2010 to 14th in 2014.
Governor Walker's number one priority is helping the people of this state create jobs. He will keep that focus so that everyone who wants a job, can find a job.
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. Since then, he has continued to push bold reforms that keep power in the hands of the hard working taxpayers of Wisconsin.
Scott is married to Tonette and they have two sons in college – Matt and Alex. They are active members of their church in Wauwatosa and remain involved with numerous charitable programs.