Douglas J. La Follette (Democrat) is the Wisconsin Secretary of State. Follette was elected to the office in 1983. He earlier served a term in the office from 1975-1979, but ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1978.
La Follette unsuccessfully ran for Wisconsin Governor in the 2012 recall election against incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, losing in the primary. An issue in the recall election was Wisconsin Act 10, which involved collective bargaining rights. Following its passage, La Follette delayed the bill's publication. Subsequently, a bill was passed in 2013 to strip the secretary of state of the power to delay the publication of new laws.
La Follette served in the Wisconsin State Senate representing Kenosha County for one term, from 1972 to 1974. He ran for the United States Senate in 1988 and for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District in 1970 and 1996, losing in the primary each time.
La Follette began a teaching career as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was a Wisconsin organizer for the first "Earth Day for Gaylord Nelson" in 1970 and co-founded Wisconsin's Environmental Decade. La Follette helped organize the Earth Day celebration in Wisconsin again in 1990. He was named a Fulbright Distinguished American Scholar in 2003. La Follette authored a book, The Survival Handbook: A Strategy for Saving Planet Earth, which was published in 1991. He has been associated with the Council on Economic Priorities, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Mid American Solar Energy Complex, the Sierra Club, the Carrying Capacity Network, and NumbersUSA.