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Rebecca Kleefisch

44th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
GovernorScott Walker
In officeJanuary 3, 2011 - January 7, 2019
Preceded byBarbara Lawton
Succeeded byMandela Barnes
FacebookRebeccaforreal
Personal details
BornRebecca Ann Reed ( 1975-08-07 ) August 7, 1975 (age 45) Pontiac , Michigan , U.S.
Children2
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison ( BA )
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joel Kleefisch

Rebecca Kleefisch keynote Green Bay fundraiser last Monday for Assembly candidate draw Kirsteatter one of several Republican candidates for the Legislature that Kleefisch recruited as she lay groundwork to run for governor in 2022. Kirsteatter, making his first run for Legislature in a district Democrats consider safe, thanked Kleefisch on Facebook the next day: What fantastic event! Thanks so much to everyone who came out and showed support for our campaign. Special thanks to Rebecca Kleefisch, Rep. John Macco, and Eric Wimberger for coming out and showing support! The next night, Kleefisch was in Janesville to boost the campaign of another Republican Assembly candidate, DuWayne Severson. Two years before the 2022 election for governor, Kleefisch, who served as Gov. Scott Walker, lieutenant governor for eight years, is the most organized Republican planning a run against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. After the Walker / Kleefisch ticket lost to Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, she go to Washington to serve as Executive director of the Womens Suffrage Centennial Commission. Since returning to Wisconsin last year, 45-year-old Kleefisch has:-recruit up to 25 Republican candidates for Assembly, including in some cities, Janesville and Kenosha, considered Democratic strongholds. Moral support and advice is how one first-time GOP candidate, Ed Hibsch, of Kenosha, describes his help from Kleefisch. Another past Libertarian candidate for governor and US Senate, Phil Anderson, said Kleefisch recruited him to run for the Madison-area Assembly seat as Republican.-Form conservative nonprofit think tank, 1848Project, to pioneer better tomorrow, according to its website. Leaders of the 1848Project include some of states successful business and veteran political leaders. They include the founders of Kwik Trip, Sargento Foods, Michels Construction, Prehn Cranberry and Ashley Furniture; political leaders like former Assembly Speaker Scott Jens en, GOP National Committeewoman Mary Buestrin and former Republican Party Chairman Rick Graber, and Eloise Anderson, former secretary of the state Department of Families and Children. Kleefischs under-radar organizing has made contacts that could help her in 2022. It was great to have Rebecca Kleefisch partner with the US to recruit quality candidates, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said last week. We now have a large, diverse group of individuals running for office. Kleefisch and her husband, Joel, who represented Oconomowoc-area in the Assembly for 14 years before not seeking re-election in 2018, live in the Town of Concord in Jefferson County. They have two teenage daughters. After leaving the Assembly, Joel Kleefisch became a Capitol lobbyist. Two other potential Republican candidates for governor are US Sen. Ron Johnson, whose second term is up in 2022, and Capitol lobbyist and Republican strategist Bill McCoshen. McCoshen is a former aide to and Commerce Department secretary for four-term Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson. He is also part owner of the Janesville Jets pro hockey team. The third potential candidate, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, is not expected to run.

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Early life, education and career

Rebecca Ann Reed was born in Pontiac, Michigan. Her family later relocated to Ohio, where she won the 1994 Miss Ohio Teen-USA title. On August 16 1994, she competed in the nationally televised 1994 Miss Teen-USA pageant as Miss Ohio Teen-USA in Biloxi, Mississippi, but did not place in the competition. Reed graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a reporter for WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois, and then was reporter and later morning anchor for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, before leaving in 2004. Kleefisch formed her own company, Rebecca Kleefisch Enterprises, Inc. And was a contributor to Charlie Sykes' program on WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee.

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Political career

Although Kleefisch's husband Joel had been a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly since being elected in 2004, Kleefisch's own first entry into politics began when she ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 and won a three-way primary race before being elected in November 2010. She declares her candidacy live via webcam from her kitchen table, expressing concern for the future of her children and touting her kitchen table common sense. Kleefisch's campaign quickly garnered notice, including an appearance on Fox News to discuss the rise of conservative women called mama Grizzlies, term coined by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Her campaign received wide recognition for its use of social media, employing heavy use of her Facebook and Twitter feeds to engage voters and build her message. The Walker / Kleefisch ticket won the general election on November 2 2010 and re-election on November 4 2014.

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Tenure

As she promised in her campaign, once elect, Kleefisch immediately began cold calling businesses from neighboring States, encouraging them to come to Wisconsin, which she declared open for business. She was credited for helping to broker the growth of Two Rivers, Wisconsin Business. Formrite's owner, Dave Wage, said he contacted state officials regarding a potential 9 million-ayear contract with Caterpillar. Kleefisch was on the phone with him immediately. She say, 'Dave, rest assure state will do everything it can to tell Caterpillar you are working with the state on funding for this project', Wage recall. The result was expansion and the addition of 60 jobs. Kleefisch was designated by Walker as the administration's liaison to Wisconsin's Small Business community. In that capacity, she hosted 25 Small Business Roundtables in 2011, traveling Wisconsin and listening to small business owners describe their situation and needs. She also was selected to chair Walker's subcabinet on workforce investment that develop Wisconsin Working Plan. Kleefisch serves as co-chair of the Governors Task Force on Opioid Abuse, chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, and as chair of the Aerospace States Association.

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Trump Impeachment

Wisconsin, Badger State, was granted statehood in 1848. The State has a history of electing Republicans, but Democrats won seven presidential elections from 1988 to 2012. In the last five presidential elections, State voted Democratic four times, up until 2016, when the State was carried by President Donald Trump. Moving forward, Wisconsin can still be considered a battleground State. The Wisconsin congressional delegation began the 21st century in 106 Congress with nine representatives and a 5-4 Democratic Majority. In 2003, it lost representative, and split evenly between 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans. The delegation remained split until 2007, after Democrat Steve Kagen won the 2006 election against Republican John Gard. Democrats lost their majority again in 2011, after Kagen lost re-election to Republican Reid Ribble in 2010. Republicans currently hold a 5-3 majority. Wisconsin started the 106 Congress with Democrats holding both Senate seats, which the party hold until 2011, after Republican Ron Johnson won the seat in the 2010 election. Currently, Senate seats are divided between Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who won 17 counties in 2018 that President Trump carried in 2016, and Republican Ron Johnson. Both parties have experienced success in Wisconsin recent State elections. In 2014, former Republican Governor Scott Walker, who was originally elected in 2010, won re-election. Then, in 2018, Democrat Tony Evers beat former Governor Walker in a very narrow race by a margin of 1. 1 percentage points. Recent Lieutenant Governor elections have mirrored top executive post, with former Republican Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch winning her contest in 2010 and again in 2014. She then lost to current Democratic Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes in 2018. Wisconsin's demographics are changing. Since the 2010 Census, population growth has occurred almost entirely in States cities, leaving rural areas shrinking and also experiencing less job growth. In 2017, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin had an estimated population of 5 795 483 people and about 1 498 256 of them live in rural areas. Democrats in the State have strength in urban regions and inner suburbs, while Republicans control rural counties. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Democrats ' core weakness is that its strength in urban areas and inner suburbs can leave party strand on geographic islands, disadvantage in legislative and congressional districts that stretch across rural America. Rural Democratic support in the State was highest in 2008 and 2012. In 2008, former President Barack Obama carried State 56. 3 percent to 42. 4 percent against Senator John McCain. Former President Obama also won the State in 2012, but by a slightly lower margin at 52. 8 percent to 46. 1 percent against Republican Mitt Romney. Democrats in the State did not fare as well in 2016, though the election was still a close contest. President Donald Trump won Wisconsin 47. 2 percent to 46. 5 percent against Hillary Clinton. This was the first time a Republican candidate had won States electoral votes since 1984. For the foreseeable future, the state will remain up for grabs.

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Federal Deficit

Political bug has been with Kleefisch for quite some time. So has her ability to persevere. I always had this love for politics and policy, she say. I was a political junkie. In college, she first attended Miami of Ohio, where at age 20 she was ticketed for underage drinking. That took place at around the same time her family moved from Ohio to Wisconsin. She follows her parents and enrol for a semester at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She finished her senior year at UW-Madison, earning a degree in journalism. And then she take on the broadcast world. She said her goal was Chicago, New York, Washington or bust. She got a job with a Rockford television station and then came to Milwaukee to work at WISN-TV, where she was a reporter and later, morning anchor. Her future husband also works there. They have now been married 14 years and have two children, Ella, 10, and Violet, 7. After the birth of her first daughter, she left the station in 2004, determined to devote her energy to her family. A couple sell their home and downsize. And her husband ran for office and won a seat in the Assembly. Kleefisch also set up her own marketing company. She also began making appearances on Charlie Sykes' radio program on WTMJ-AM.

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