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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is best known for his controversial 2011 budget proposal, in which he wanted to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin state employees. Walker is also the first governor in U.S. history to win a recall election.
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The state Senate had passed the bill in March 2011, but then went to court, where Judge Maryann Sumi struck it down in May 2011, saying it was void because lawmakers broke open meeting statutes during the approval process. The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned her ruling on June 14 of that year.
Some Wisconsin residents were so angered by Walker's actions and the controversy they created that they wanted to remove him from office. They demanded a recall election, which they received on June 5,
2012. Walker won the recall election, once again defeating Tom Barrett, and making him the first governor in American history to survive a recall election.
In the midst of his recall election, Walker shot down speculation that he could be Mitt Romney's vice-presidential pick. Instead, he told FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto in June 2012 that if Romney were to ask him who would be a good pick from Wisconsin, he would suggest Paul Ryan—who Romney did eventually choose as a running mate. "I am not going through a year and a half of this to then take off," Walker told Cavuto, according to The Huffington Post. "I have to fulfill my commitment to the voters of the state of Wisconsin."
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