About Rebecca Kleefisch
Rebecca Kleefisch, a former small business owner and recovering news reporter, serves as Wisconsin’s 44th lieutenant governor. She is a tireless advocate for Wisconsin taxpayers and families who is working to help our economy grow and communities thrive.
Since January 2011, Rebecca has played a key role in business growth and retention in Wisconsin. As Wisconsin’s Jobs Ambassador, she has continued to be a champion for worker training and a leader for creative solutions to our state’s toughest challenges.
Drawing on her experience as a small business owner, Rebecca developed the annual Governor’s Small Business Summit. She works frequently with economic developers and business owners to recruit new businesses and grow current employers. She also chairs the Manufacturing Committee for the Aerospace States Association. And as Wisconsin creates more jobs, she’s working hard to expand the talent pipeline that fills them.
Rebecca wants our state’s success to embrace all our citizens, especially those who must overcome barriers to prosperity. She chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Minority Unemployment, works on the issues of homelessness and offender re-entry, and advocates for returning Veterans and people with disabilities looking to join the workforce. Rebecca also serves as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse and has dedicated herself to combating the opioid epidemic to help those who are in need.
Rebecca has repeatedly earned the support of voters while fighting for bold reform alongside Gov. Walker. In addition to being elected lieutenant governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, Rebecca survived a historic recall election 2012 alongside Gov. Walker and other conservative leaders.
Through her travels and activities, Rebecca has earned a reputation as an effective policy leader who doesn’t shy from a challenge or a fight. She has been recognized with a “Courage in Leadership Award” by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and a “Woman of Exceptional Courage” award from the Clare Booth Luce Institute. In May 2014, the Washington Post cited her as one of 40 rising stars in American politics.
Rebecca is a colon cancer survivor, a proud pro-life advocate, a member of the NRA, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But her most important job is being the mother of two daughters, Ella and Violet. She lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, State Representative Joel Kleefisch.