3, 2011, Scott Walker was inaugurated as
’s 45th Governor. On his first day in office, Governor Walker called the State Legislature
into a special session on job creation.
that day, he has proposed reform legislation calling for a transformation of the
Department of Commerce into a public-private entity named the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation. This new
organization will be aimed at promoting the State of
as a beacon for economic opportunity while keeping in place proper government oversight.
Governor Walker has proposed other reforms including small business tax relief,
frivolous lawsuit reform, and the creation of the Commission on Waste, Fraud, and
Abuse, which will aid in balancing
’s estimated $3
Walker’s proposed reforms are a part of his bold vision for Wisconsin that is founded
making state government
and allowing the private sector to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.
Walker was born on November 2, 1967 to Llewellyn and Patricia Walker in
Colorado Springs, Colorado
. He spent his earliest years in
, where Llewellyn served as the pastor of their local church.
family moved to
in 1977 when Scott’s father was called to pastor a church there. Scott was involved
in sports, band, church, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He remains active
in the Boy Scouts of America to this day.
in high school, Scott was selected to attend the American Legion’s Badger Boys State
Program in Ripon. There, he was selected as one of two representatives to Boys Nation
Both of these programs teach young men that the American form of government is stronger
and more vital in today’s world of struggle and change than ever before. The experience
opened Scott’s eyes to public service.
Scott moved to
. While still in school, he worked for IBM before leaving to work full-time in financial
development for the American Red Cross.
was elected to the State Assembly in 1993. While there, he chaired several committees
and authored important pieces of legislation that include: Truth-in-Sentencing,
photo identification requirements to vote, and the elimination of the statute of
limitations in sexual assault cases.
Scott was elected Milwaukee County Executive to reform the scandal-ridden county
government. The scandal rocked
to its core and left taxpayers on the hook for millions in pension obligations.
eight years as
, Scott faithfully kept his promise to spend taxpayer money as if it were his own.
He cut the county’s debt by 30%, reduced the county workforce by more than 25%,
and authored nine consecutive budgets without increasing the property tax levy from
the previous year. Despite failing national and state economies,
recorded a budget surplus in 2009.
is married to Tonette, and they have two sons, Matt and Alex. They are active in
the community and their church.