The Scott Walker Timeline
Scott Walker takes on the tough battles– the timeline:
Nov. 2, 1967 Scott Kevin Walker is born in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Patricia Ann and Llewellyn Scott Walker, a bookkeeper and a Baptist minister, respectively. He has one brother, David.
1977 Family moves from Plainfield, Iowa to Delavan, Wisconsin.
1986 Graduates from Delavan-Darien High School. During those years, Walker attains rank of Eagle Scout, receives American-Legion sponsored leadership and government training, visits Washington, D.C., where he met President Ronald Reagan.
1986-90 Attends Marquette University, does not graduate.
1993 Marries Tonnette Marie Tarantino. They have two children.
1993 Wins special election for state assembly seat representing Wauwatosa, was re-elected four times, and established reputation as fiscal conservative.
April 2002 Wins special election to become Milwaukee County executive; re-elected to a second four-year term in 2008.
Jan. 3, 2011 Steps into the governor’s office, after defeating Democratic candidate Tom Barrett in November 2010. Projected budget shortfall is $3.6 billion. Walker warns measures will have to be taken to avoid massive layoffs of state workers.
Feb. 11, 2011 Proposes budget repair bill, which projected in-year savings of $30 million and $300 million over two years. The bill sought to eliminate many collective bargaining rights, except for wages, for government workers, and required additional contributions from most public workers for their health plans and pensions. After negotiating, bill passes.
March 2011 Legal objections are filed and a judge on March 31 strikes down the budget repair bill, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns the lower court ruling on June 14, 2011.
Nov. 15, 2011 Effort to recall Walker begins officially, with deep support from unions.
June 5, 2012 Special recall election is held and Walker bests Tom Barrett again and by a slightly larger margin (53 percent to 46 percent) than the 2010 election (52 percent to 46 percent). This made him the first U.S. governor to have successfully kept the seat in a recall.
December 2012 Wisconsin reports a $500,000 budget surplus and an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent for October, seasonally adjusted, one of 23 states under 7 percent for that month.
Sources: Scott Walker’s office, news service reports, Wikipedia.