Scott Walker is serving his second term as governor of Wisconsin. His reforms have eliminated his state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit without raising taxes and have given school districts and local governments the tools to balance their budgets without the large-scale layoffs seen in some other states, saving Wisconsin taxpayers more than $2 billion. The state has gained more than 150,000 jobs during his tenure. In 2012, Walker, a Republican, became the first governor in American history to win a recall election. Prior to that, he served eight years as Milwaukee County executive, cutting the county's debt by 30 percent, reducing the workforce by more than 25 percent and generating a budget surplus. Walker was elected to the state Assembly in 1993. He remains committed to reducing the tax burden, streamlining government and advancing reforms to provide more opportunity and prosperity for all. He attended Marquette University.