Global Conference 2010
Governor, State of Wisconsin
Jim Doyle is the Governor of Wisconsin. When he took office in 2003, Doyle inherited a $3.2 billion budget deficit. By making deep and often difficult cuts, he was able to balance the budget without hurting priorities like education and without raising taxes. He has also launched the Wisconsin Covenant, a program that guarantees a spot in college and a financial aid package to every eighth-grade student who agrees to stay in school, maintain a B average and be a good citizen. Doyle served three terms as district attorney in Dane County. He later spent eight years building a private law practice until he was elected Wisconsin attorney general in 1990, eventually serving three terms in that office. After college, he spent two years as a teacher in Tunisia with the Peace Corps; after graduating from Harvard Law School, he worked as an attorney on the Navajo Indian Reservation.