Governor of Wisconsin (2011 - 2019)
Scott Walker (Republican) is a former Governor of Wisconsin. Walker was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2018. He ran on a joint ticket with the former lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch (R). He was first elected to the position in 2010.
On July 13, 2015, Walker announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2016. Walker suspended his campaign on September 21, 2015.
Walker served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1993-2002 and as Milwaukee County executive from 2002-2010.
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Pat and Llewlyn Walker, Scott Walker first moved to Plainfield, Iowa, before settling in the small town of Delevan, Wisconsin, in 1977. Growing up, Walker was an active Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. When he served as governor, Walker continued to be involved with scouting. Through the American Legion, he also went to Ripon, Wisconsin, for Badger Boys State and then to Washington, D.C., for Boys Nation. Walker has credited that experience with sparking his interest in politics.
Walker left Marquette University in his senior year to join the Red Cross in a marketing position. He also worked briefly for IBM while he was a student at Marquette. Having never returned to finish his degree, Walker was the first governor in over 64 years not to hold a college degree.
In 1993, Walker ran for and was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in a special election for the 14th District. He was re-elected four times and served nine years in the Assembly.
Walker ran for Milwaukee County executive in 2002 and won a special election that year after former county executive Tom Ament resigned. Walker was re-elected as county executive for Wisconsin's largest county in 2004 and 2008. In his 2008 re-election bid, Walker won over 57 percent of the vote. Walker officially stepped down as county executive on December 28, 2010, shortly after being elected the 45th governor of Wisconsin.
He previously ran for governor in 2006 but ended his candidacy over fundraising concerns. In April 2009, he announced his second run for governor.