We are proud to announce that this week’s Rising Republican Star is one of the country’s fastest rising political figures – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Gov. Walker will be our guest speaker for this year’s Summer Dinner. The dinner will be on August 23, 2013, in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel. For more information on the dinner, please read this week’s Chairman’s Corner and make your plans to join us!
Let me tell you a little about Scott Walker and his rise to become one of the best-known and most popular Governor’s in the country. The son of a pastor, Scott grew up in a small Wisconsin town and had the spirit of service instilled in him at an early age.
>>>While in high school, Scott was selected to attend the American Legion’s Badger Boys State program and was selected as one of two representatives from Wisconsin to Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. It was during Scott’s time at Boys State in Washington that he met President Ronald Reagan who inspired him to become involved in the political arena and Reagan became Scott’s role model.
Scott attended Marquette University for four years but left before graduating in order to take a position with the American Red Cross. At the age of 25, Scott ran for and won a seat on the Wisconsin State Assembly as a fiscal conservative with pro-life and pro-welfare reform positions. He was re-elected to that seat four times.
In 2002, Scott was elected as Milwaukee County Executive to reform the scandal-ridden county government. The scandal rocked Milwaukee County to its core and left taxpayers on the hook for millions in pension obligations. He was re-elected as county executive twice, in 2004 and 2008.
Scott continued his political advancement and went on to run for Governor of Wisconsin and was elected on his birthday – November 2, 2010. He wasted no time in tackling the big problems that he inherited from the Democratic controlled Governor’s Office.
Gov. Walker made national news in 2011 when he submitted his first budget to the State Assembly which proposed eliminating most collective-bargaining rights for public workers. The Democrats became so upset with the fiscally conservative Governor that they collected petitions with enough signatures that led to a recall vote on whether to retain Walker as Governor.
The recall vote gained national and international attention as it pitted the new conservative Republican Governor against the liberal Democrats and union leaders. Gov. Walker handily won the recall vote again defeating Democrat Tom Barrett but with a greater margin than when he first ran for Governor in 2010. Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.
Governor Walker is known for his firm stance on conservative issues, sticking to his principles and not backing down in the face of threats. Governor Walker also has a reputation for speaking directly from his heart as he debates the issues of the day. And, he encourages all conservatives to do the same in the following short video. Please watch and see for yourself.
Governor Walker and his wife, Tonette, have two sons: Matt who is a freshman in college and Alex who is a senior at the local public high school.
You can purchase tickets to the Summer Dinner with Gov. Scott Walker on-line or by calling ALGOP Headquarters at 205-212-5900. Click here to learn about special discounts for the Summer Dinner.