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Scott Walker
Scott Kevin Walker (2 November 1967-) was Governor of Wisconsin (R) from 3 January 2011, succeeding Jim Doyle. Walker was known for being the first American governor to defeat an attempted recall, having faced a recall election in 2012 in response to widespread protests concerning his limitations on collective bargaining rights. On 13 July 2015, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, but he suspended his campaign on 21 September 2015 due to poor poll results.

Biography

Scott Walker 1992

Walker in 1992

Scott Kevin Walker was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 2 November 1967, and he family moved to Plainfield, Iowa in 1970 and to Delavan, Wisconsin in 1977. He attended Marquette University, and he left Marquette before graduating to take a full-time job with the American Red Cross. In 1992, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 14th district (located in western Milwaukee County), serving from 30 June 1993 to 30 April 2002; he succeeded Peggy Rosenzweig and preceded Leah Vukmir.

In 2002, Walker was elected a county executive in a special election following F. Thomas Ament's resignation, and he won election to a full term in 2004 and re-election in 2008. In 2006, he attempted to run for Governor of Wisconsin as a Republican Party member, but he ran again in 2010, defeating Democratic Party challenger Tom Barrett in the general election to become Governor. In 2011, he introduced a budget plan that limited the collective bargaining rights of most Wisconsin public employees, leading to protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol and an effort to recall Walker. In 2012, he again defeated Barrett in the recall election, becoming the first American governor to defeat a recall. In 2014, he again won election as Governor of Wisconsin, and he briefly sought the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

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