Scott Walker

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker

Scott Kevin Walker is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party who currently serves as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. Walker took office on January 3, 2011, after defeating Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, attaining 52% of the vote in the November 2010 general election.

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Walker, in turnabout, moves to stabilize insurance market
NPR - 27 days
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced Sunday that he wants a state law that would bar insurers from denying a person health coverage due to a pre-existing condition.
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Editorial: Wisconsin’s Fire Sale for Big Business
NYTimes - 2 months
Gov. Scott Walker’s giveaways to lure in Foxconn will prove costly to state coffers and to the environment.
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Scott Walker just approved $3 billion deal for a new Foxconn factory in Wisconsin - Washington Post
Google News - 5 months
Washington Post Scott Walker just approved $3 billion deal for a new Foxconn factory in Wisconsin Washington Post Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a $3 billion incentive package for the technology giant Foxconn, setting up the Taiwanese company to become the country's biggest foreign recipient of state subsidies. “Foxconn's creation of 13,000 ... Beyond southeastern Wisconsin, state businesspeople generally support Foxconn packageMilwaukee Journal Sentinel Wisconsin approves $3bn deal for Foxconn factoryBBC News Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs $3 billion Foxconn package into KPRC Houston -Minneapolis Star Tribune -Journal Times all 86 news articles »
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Wisconsin Governor Defends Foxconn Deal Amid Growing Concerns
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended Wednesday a $3 billion tax incentive package to lure Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group to the state, amid a growing chorus of concerns about the hefty bill to taxpayers.
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Questions Emerge Over What Wisconsin Must Give for Foxconn Plant
NYTimes - 6 months
Critics raise doubts over state subsidies and loosened environmental rules for the plant, but Gov. Scott Walker says thousands of new jobs outweigh the costs.
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Wisconsin Governor Calls Special Session for Foxconn Incentive Package
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday called a special legislative session next week focused on a multibillion-dollar incentive package for an industrial facility announced this week by Foxconn Technology Group.
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Foxconn announces U.S. manufacturing plant in Wisconsin
Yahoo News - 7 months
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, a deal President Donald Trump asserted would not have happened without his efforts. Trump praised Foxconn chairman Terry Gou at a White House event, asserting: "If I didn't get elected, he definitely wouldn't be spending $10 billion ... This is a great day for America." Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at the White House his state will award $3 billion in incentives and sign a memorandum of understanding on the investment on Thursday.
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Wisconsin governor to Instagram haters: Have a cold one
Yahoo News - 8 months
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a simple message for all his social media haters out there: Chill out and have a beer.
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Gov. Scott Walker on immigration policies, new travel ban
Fox News - 8 months
Wisconsin governor weighs in
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Trump Touts Warmed-Over Obama Initiatives In Attempt To Change The Subject
Huffington Post - 8 months
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The Fight For $15 Advances From Coast To Coast
Huffington Post - 8 months
Over just the past week, the Fight for $15 made major gains in the American heartland and beyond that positioned the $15 minimum wage as an emerging national standard. Illinois became the first Midwestern state to pass a $15 minimum wage, and sent the bill to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk. In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a corporate-backed move to block cities from raising the minimum wage or adopting paid sick days protections, clearing the way for Minneapolis to approve a $15 minimum wage this summer. And in Congress, most Democrats in the House and Senate rallied behind a $15 federal minimum wage. Each represents a big leap in the mainstreaming of the $15 minimum wage – which just a few years ago was viewed as realistic only in places like Seattle or New York. Now $15 – together with other key working families’ planks like paid sick days and paid family leave – are quickly emerging as key litmus test issues that will figure prominently in 2018 governors’ and congressional...
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2016 Election Coincided With Horrifying Increase In Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes, Report Finds
Huffington Post - 9 months
A prominent American Muslim civil liberties group says it recorded a nearly 600 percent rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims over the past three years ― an increase the organization attributes to a presidential election cycle rife with anti-Muslim animus. In a report released Tuesday called “The Empowerment of Hate,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it recorded over 2,200 “anti-Muslim bias incidents” in 2016, a 57 percent increase from the year before.  Among those 2,200 incidents last year were 260 anti-Muslim hate crimes, the report states. That’s a 44 percent rise from 2015, when CAIR counted 180 hate crimes, and a staggering 584 percent increase from 2014, when the group counted just 38 hate crimes.   “This report shows not only that anti-Muslim bias incidents have increased sharply, but also that there is a disturbing trend toward the increasing use of violence against American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s d...
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WATCH: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in heated exchange over GOP health care bill
abc News - 10 months
Walker was confronted at a public event by a Democratic official over the potential impact of the bill.
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Trump's First-100-Days Agenda Still Under Audit, We Guess
Huffington Post - 10 months
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This State Shows Us What A Future With A Hobbled EPA Could Look Like
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans
Huffington Post - 12 months
During his nationally televised speech before Congress on Tuesday night, President Trump vowed to “promote clean air and clean water.” Is that right, Mr. President? Then why is your administration proposing to slash as much as 25 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current budget and cut its staff by 20 percent? That would cripple environmental safeguards, jeopardize public health, and put future generations at risk. The EPA has made remarkable progress cleaning up air and water pollution since its inception in 1970, but there is still more work to do. In 2015 alone, polluters dumped more than 190 million tons of toxic chemicals into waterways nationwide; at least 5,000 community drinking water systems violated federal lead regulations; and some 116 million Americans lived in counties with harmful levels of ozone or particle pollution, which have been linked to lung cancer, asthma, cardiovascular damage, reproductive problems, and premature death. If anything, ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Scott Walker
  • 2016
    Age 48
    While still maintaining that Trump would be better choice than Clinton, Walker noted that Trump is not yet the party's nominee and wanted Trump to renounce his comments on the judge before the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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    Walker withdrew his support for Trump on June 8, 2016 after Trump called the judge Gonzalo P. Curiel biased against Trump because of Curiel's Mexican heritage.
    After Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee for the Republic Party in May 2016, Walker stated that he would support Trump as the Republican nominee, saying that Trump would make a better president than Hillary Clinton.
    On March 29, 2016, Walker endorsed the candidacy of Ted Cruz.
    Walker was a candidate for his party's nomination to the 2016 presidential election.
  • 2015
    Age 47
    On July 16, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4–2 that Walker did not illegally collaborate with conservative groups during the recall campaigns.
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    Initially a front-runner in the race, Walker saw a precipitous decline in both polling numbers and campaign funds. On September 21, 2015, Walker suspended his campaign and asked other candidates to do the same, so that the party could rally around a conservative alternate to Donald Trump.
    Based on an analysis including Crowdpac's rating, public statements by candidates on issues, and congressional voting (not applicable to Walker), FiveThirtyEight had ranked Walker the third-most conservative among candidates as of May 27, 2015.
    As of August 18, 2015, Crowdpac ranked Walker as the fourth-most conservative candidate (following Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson) for the 2016 presidential election based on an analysis of campaign donors.
    On June 18, 2015, Walker took a further step towards a presidential campaign when he established a "testing-the-waters" federal campaign committee.
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    In late January 2015, Walker set up a 527 organization called "Our American Revival" to "help spread his message and underwrite his activities" which The Washington Post described as helpful for building the political and fundraising networks for a run for the presidency. In February 2015, Trip Gabriel of The New York Times described him as having "quickly vaulted into the top tier of likely candidates in the Republican presidential race".
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    Walker signed the budget in July 2015.
    Walker introduced a state budget in February 2015 which removed all of the elected officials from the board.
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    In June 2015, it was reported that under Walker, WEDC gave out $124 million between the years 2011 and 2013 without formal review.
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    In April 2015, in New Hampshire, Walker stated that marriage is "defined as between a man and a woman", and in Iowa said a federal constitutional amendment allowing states to define marriage was reasonable.
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    On March 9, 2015, Walker signed legislation making Wisconsin a right-to-work state.
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    On August 30, 2015, Walker was asked on Meet the Press to discuss building a wall along the Canada–United States border.
    In January and April 2015 speeches in Iowa, Walker included passing concealed carry and castle doctrine laws among his accomplishments.
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    On February 28, 2015, in an interview in Palm Beach, Florida, Walker said that "the most significant foreign policy decision" of his lifetime was President Ronald Reagan's firing 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981. "It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world", Walker said.
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    Walker faults Obama for lack of strategy in dealing with ISIS. On February 3, 2015, in an interview with a Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Walker was asked, "What is your big, bold, fresh idea in Syria?" Walker responded, "I think anywhere and everywhere, we have to be - go beyond just aggressive air strikes.
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    In 2015, Walker stated that were he elected president, he would immediately rescind any prior White House-brokered deal that did not prevent Iran from attaining nuclear arms.
    On February 3, 2015, Walker delivered a budget proposal to the Wisconsin Legislature, in which he recommended placing the University of Wisconsin system under the direction of a "private authority", governed by the Board of Regents (all the governor's appointees).
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    Walker's proposed budget for fiscal 2015–2017 included a $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System, while holding funding flat for K-12 public schools and continuing to expand the school voucher program.
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    In January 2015, Walker rejected a proposed casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    When the U.S. Supreme Court subsequently rejected the appeals of five states, including Wisconsin, in October 2014, allowing same-sex marriages to continue, Walker stated: "I think it's resolved."
    While campaigning for re-election in 2014, Walker again said he had no plans to pursue right-to-work legislation focused on private unions.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    In 2013, Walker published Unintimidated – A Governor's Story and A Nation's Challenge, co-written with Marc Thiessen, about his experiences during the recall vote and subsequent election, both of which he won.
    In 2013, Walker signed a bill requiring abortion providers in Wisconsin to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.
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    In 2013, Walker signed a bill that requires women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and doctors to show the women the image of the fetus.
    Walker approved a two-year freeze of tuition at the University of Wisconsin System in the 2013 budget.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    On April 2, 2012, Walker signed a law to fund evaluation of the reading skills of kindergartners as part of an initiative to ensure that students are reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade.
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    In January 2012, Walker returned a $37.6 million federal grant meant to set up a health exchange in Wisconsin for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    The effort to recall Walker officially began on November 15, 2011.
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    After the contentious collective bargaining dispute, Walker's disapproval ratings varied between 50% and 51% while his approval ratings varied between 47% and 49% in 2011.
    On May 25, 2011, Walker signed a Voter ID law that required voters to show a government-issued ID before casting a ballot.
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    On May 23, 2011, Walker signed legislation changing the process of creating administrative rules for the state.
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    On May 13, 2011, the Walker administration petitioned the Dane County Circuit Court for permission to withdraw the state as a defendant from Appling v. Doyle, which was a challenge to the state's domestic partner registry.
    Walker said he was not pursuing right-to-work legislation and that in his 2011 comment to Hendricks he was referring to his responsibility as governor to defend taxpayers from unions that he believed were frustrating resolution of the state's budget deficit.
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    On January 18, 2011, days after Walker's inauguration, Beloit businesswoman and Walker supporter Diane Hendricks asked him, "Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right-to-work (state)?", and he replied:
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    Walker proposed the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill on February 11, 2011, estimated to save Wisconsin $30 million in the current fiscal year and $300 million over the next two years.
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    Walker became a figure of national recognition and controversy after he proposed the "Wisconsin budget repair bill" in 2011.
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    By January 25, 2011, the state legislature passed a series of Walker-backed bills, the largest of which would cut taxes for businesses at "a two-year cost of $67 million", according to the Associated Press.
    Walker took the oath of office to become the 45th Governor of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    On November 2, 2010, his 43rd birthday, Walker won the general election with 52% of total votes cast, while Democrat Tom Barrett received 46%.
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    He won the Republican nomination in the primary election of September 14, 2010, receiving 59% of the popular vote, while former U.S. Representative Mark Neumann garnered 39%.
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    Walker won the Wisconsin GOP convention endorsement on May 22, 2010, receiving 91% of the votes cast by delegates.
    First elected governor in the 2010 Wisconsin general election, he survived a 2012 recall election and was reelected governor in the 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    In 2009 and 2010, Americans for Prosperity helped raise Walker's statewide profile, inviting him to address its events and rallies throughout the state.
    He criticized the 2009–11 Wisconsin state budget as too big given the slow economy.
    He announced his candidacy in late April 2009 after several months of previewing his campaign themes of reduced taxes and reduced spending to Republican audiences around the state.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    He dropped out in April 2006, after 14 months of campaigning, citing fundraising difficulties.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    While county executive, Walker became a candidate, in February 2005, in the 2006 race for Wisconsin governor.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    Walker was elected to a four-year term in 2004, winning 57% of the vote to defeat former state budget director, David Riemer.
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    Thomas Ament; he was elected for a full term in 2004 and was reelected in 2008, defeating state Senator Lena Taylor.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    Walker became Milwaukee County Executive in a special election run in April 2002, after the former County Executive, Tom Ament, resigned in the wake of a county pension fund scandal.
    He was re-elected four times, serving until 2002 when he became a county executive.
    In 2002, Walker was elected County Executive in a special election following the resignation of F.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    In 2001–02, Walker and fellow state assembly member Michael Huebsch objected to the hiring of a state employee, Rev. Jamyi Witch, on the basis of her religious beliefs as a Wiccan.
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    In 2001, he was the lead sponsor of a bill to prevent pharmacists from being disciplined for refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception and was a strong supporter of a bill to require voters to show photo ID at the polls.
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    In 1999 he took the lead in a truth-in-sentencing bill that increased prison time for some crimes, eliminated parole for others, and subsequently contributed to prison overcrowding.
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  • 1993
    Age 25
    As a freshman legislator in 1993, he co-sponsored right-to-work legislation.
    In 1993, Walker moved to Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, and ran in a special election in the more conservative 14th legislative district, based around Wauwatosa.
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  • 1992
    Age 24
    Walker was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1992, representing a district in western Milwaukee County.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    In 1990, at age 22, Walker ran for Milwaukee's 7th District seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
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    In spring 1990 Walker discontinued his studies at Marquette, earning only 94 of the 128 minimum credits needed to graduate.
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  • 1988
    Age 20
    In 1988, he ran for student government president, touting a 19-point resume.
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  • 1986
    Age 18
    In 1986, Walker worked as a volunteer for Tommy Thompson's gubernatorial campaign, and in the fall of that year, enrolled at Marquette University.
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    He attained the highest rank, Eagle Scout, in the Boy Scouts of America, and graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in 1986.
  • 1967
    Walker was born on November 2, 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the elder of two sons of Patricia Ann "Pat" (née Fitch; born December 30, 1938), a bookkeeper, and Llewellyn Scott "Llew" Walker (born May 19, 1939), a Baptist minister.
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