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Walker and Barrett Face off in Recall Election in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker (L) gets his ballot for the state's recall election on June 5, 2012 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Walker, the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall election, is opposed by Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Scott Kevin Walker (born November 2, 1967) is an American Republican politician who has been 45th governor of Wisconsin since January 3, 2011. He won the office in the general election on November 2, 2010, defeating Democratic candidate Tom Barrett. Previously, Walker was the County Executive of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin from 2002 to 2010, and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1994 to 2002.

Walker was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Llew Walker, a Baptist minister, and Pat Walker, a bookkeeper. He moved with his family to Plainfield, Iowa when he was an infant, and then to Delavan, Wisconsin when he was ten years old.

While in high school, he attended two weeks of American Legion sponsored training in leadership and government; Badger Boys State held in Wisconsin, and the selective Boys Nation held in Washington, D.C. He has credited the experience with solidifying his interest in public service and giving him the "political bug". He graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in 1986 then attended Marquette University from 1986 to 1990, quitting about 36 credit hours short of graduation, with a grade point average in the C's.

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