Meet Governor Scott Walker
Scott Walker grew up the son of a pastor and of a secretary and bookkeeper in a small Wisconsin town named Delavan. His grandparents worked as farmers and as a machinist. The dignity of work and the importance of service were instilled in Scott at an early age.
His first job was washing dishes at the Countryside Restaurant. Later, he flipped hamburgers at McDonald’s. In school, he was active in sports, band, and church, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
In 1985, Scott was selected to attend the American Legion’s Badger Boys State program and went on to be one of the two representatives from Wisconsin to Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. These programs, which teach young men about the virtues of the American form of government and the importance of freedom, opened Scott’s eyes to public service.
After graduation, Scott attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. While still in school, he worked for IBM before leaving in his senior year to work full-time in finance and development for the American Red Cross.
Scott was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1993. Then, in 2002, he became the first Republican ever elected Milwaukee County Executive. Voters in the overwhelmingly Democrat county re-elected Scott in 2004 and 2008 because he kept his promises to continuously reform county government and to avoid raising property taxes from the previous year.
On January 3, 2011, Scott Walker was inaugurated as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin.
One of his first reforms, Act 10, helped eliminate the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or cutting health care for the needy. It gave schools and local governments the tools to balance budgets without the massive layoffs seen in other states. So far, the reforms have saved some $5 billion.
Property taxes on a median-value home are lower now than they were in December 2010. Income taxes are lower than in 2010. And tuition on all University of Wisconsin campuses has been frozen for four years in a row.
Total employment in Wisconsin is higher than it has ever been in our history. And Wisconsin’s Labor Force Participation Rate is one of the best in the country.
On June 5, 2012, Scott Walker became the first Governor in American history to survive a recall election. He received both more votes and a higher percentage of the vote than in his 2010 election.
On November 4, 2014, Scott was re-elected to a second term.
Working together with a reform-minded Legislature, Scott signed into law budget reform, $4.7 billion worth of tax cuts, tuition freezes, university tenure and seniority reform, statewide school choice, defunding Planned Parenthood, photo ID to vote, Right to Work, concealed carry, Prevailing Wage reform, charter school expansion, Castle Doctrine, spending transparency and welfare reform – to name a few achievements. He will continue to push plans for greater freedom and prosperity.
Scott and his wife, Tonette, have two sons – Matt, who graduated from Marquette University in 2016, and Alex who will graduate from the University of Wisconsin in 2017. Tonette works part-time for the American Lung Association. They are active in church and charitable programs.
Scott loves riding his 2003 Harley Davidson Road King on winding roads, adding steps on his Fitbit by running and walking around the state, and visiting new Wisconsin supper clubs with Tonette and their friends. He is thankful for God’s abundant grace.