The Occupy Movement didn’t start on Wall Street. It started in Madison, Wisconsin, when 100,000 protestors descended onto the grounds of the State Capitol soon after Scott Walker took office as Governor. Their goal was to intimidate him and his allies, but he did not back down. He was unintimidated.
Scott’s reforms took power from the hands of big government special interests and put it firmly into the hands of the hard-working people of Wisconsin and those that they elect to run their local governments. Those reforms, known as Act 10, have saved taxpayers more than $16 billion. More importantly, they allow local and school officials to staff based on merit and pay based on performance. That allows them to put the best and brightest in the classroom.
During Governor Walker’s tenure, Wisconsin enacted more common-sense conservative reforms than any state in the nation. They targeted him, and he won, becoming the first Governor in American history to win a recall election.
Now, Scott serves as President of Young America’s Foundation. They train the next generation of leaders in the fight for freedom. YAF conducts programs at the Reagan Ranch, Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, its national headquarters in northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and regional sites nationwide. YAF also hosts more conservative campus lectures than any other organization. And they have a digital presence with more than a billion views. He can relate to conservative students who are targets of intimidation. As Governor Walker likes to say, if you’re under attack, YAF’s got your back.
Scott has been married to Tonette for more than 30 years. They live on Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin while also spending time in Virginia and California. Scott and Tonette have two adult children. Matt owns a digital marketing business in Milwaukee and is engaged to Erica. Alex works in government and politics and is married to Bailey.
Born the son of a pastor and a part-time bookkeeper and raised in a small town, Scott understands the value of hard work and community. He is a proud Eagle Scout and an alum of the American Legion’s Badger Boys State and Boys Nations programs.
When he’s not working, Scott can be found riding on his Harley Davidson Road King, on their pontoon boat out on the lake, or cheering on the Packers or one of Wisconsin’s other sports teams. Most importantly, he is a follower of Christ.
Governor Walker is a columnist for the Washington Times.