Rebecca Kleefisch (Republican) is a former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. Kleefisch was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2018. She ran on a joint ticket with the former governor, Scott Walker (R). Kleefisch was first elected in 2010.
Kleefisch and Walker won separate recall elections on June 5, 2012, that stemmed from their support for a law restricting collective bargaining rights.
Kleefisch was born in Michigan to David and Marijo Reed. Kleefisch also grew up in Northwest Ohio before moving to Wisconsin. Rebecca's father, David, was the vice president of marketing for the Butler Corporation, which made envelopes, while her mother, Marijo, was an interior designer.
Kleefisch attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication in 1997. After graduating from college, Rebecca began her journalism career as a reporter for WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois. Kleefisch continued her career as a reporter for WISN-TV in Milwaukee.
Kleefisch left WISN-TV in 2004 after giving birth to her first child. She later formed her own marketing company before briefly returning to journalism in 2009 as a correspondent for WTMJ radio in Milwaukee.
In 2010, Kleefisch announced her run for lieutenant governor.