Scott Walker, a Republican candidate, formally announced he is running in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections following a post in his Facebook page. Walker posted “I’m in. I’m running for President of the United States because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them,” on Facebook. The 2-term Wisconsin governor accompanied his post with a video, where he boasted of his excellent track record as governor. He stressed his triumph on winning three successive elections in four years in a state dominated by democrats, without sacrificing their principles.
Walker’s father is a Baptist preacher in Plainfield, Iowa, where he spent his early childhood years. The family moved to Delavan, Wisconsin when Walker was 10 years old, and has since lived in the state. As a college student in Marquette University in Milwaukee, Walker, in his junior year, ran for student government president but was unsuccessful.
At age 22, Walker made his first bid for public office, but lost. He made his next bid in the Wisconsin state legislature in 1993 and won. Since then, Walker has won every election. In 2003, he became the Milwaukee County Executive and was elected governor in 2010.
It was in 2011 that he rose to political fame. He confronted thousands of pro-union protestors to pass a legislation that led to the dismantling of collective bargaining powers of the majority of public unions in Wisconsin, including teachers.
He ran for a re-election in 2012, and in spite of passing his controversial agenda, Walker won a larger margin compared to the election in 2010.
In 2014, Walker was re-elected Wisconsin governor and continued to take further steps to break up unions in the state. Earlier this year, he signed a law that “declares Wisconsin the “25th Right to Work State” in the U.S., where union membership is optional.
The 47-year old Walker is one of the Republican candidates competing for the presidential position. Republicans has a total of 15 confirmed contenders. Although Walker’s announcement came late, he is Iowa’s favorite. Walker made a strong first impression on probable caucus goers during the very significant “first-in-the nation caucus state held early at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January. His breakout speech made him led the polls of the rest of the GOP field.
Walker was ahead of 8 points of his closest contender in the most recent Quinnipiac University poll that showed 18% of possible Republican caucus-goers favored the Wisconsin governor.
Walker still has to come out as a favorite nationally, even though he is a favorite in Iowa. Jeb Bush got 19% of probable voters in a recent CNN/ORC poll, making him ahead of the GOP field nationally.
His campaign will start at an event in the Waukesha County Expo Center in Wisconsin later today. The Expo Center is the same place where his 2012 election victory was announced, where he made history for being the only governor to win a re-election. It was also the start of his fame in national politics.
Walker did not finish his senior year in high school because he took a full-time job with the Red Cross. If he wins in the U.S. presidential elections in 2016, he would follow Harry Truman, who 70 years ago was elected without a college degree.