Press Releases


  • Governor Walker Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony at Werner Electric Supply

    Appleton – Governor Scott Walker today joined company executives and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for Werner Electric Supply’s new corporate offices and regional distribution center in Appleton.

    “I congratulate and applaud Werner Electric Supply for its commitment to the Fox Valley and Wisconsin with this expansion project, which will create nearly 100 jobs and help continue to grow the state’s economy,” said Governor Walker.  “Across the state, we’re seeing more and more companies decide to grow their businesses right here in Wisconsin. That growth means more jobs, which is one of the reasons Wisconsin’s unemployment just dropped again to 4.6 percent—the lowest it has been since June 2008.”

    Press Release | April 22, 2015

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  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff in Honor of Airman First Class Kelly Tomfohrde

    MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today signed Executive Order #158, ordering flags flown at half-staff tomorrow as a mark of respect for Airman First Class Kelly Tomfohrde, who died while stationed at the Kadena Air Base in Japan. 

    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Airman First Class Kelly Tomfohrde,” Governor Walker said.  “Her service to the country will not be forgotten.  We join those who are mourning a life lost way too soon.”

    Press Release | April 21, 2015

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  • Governor Walker Issues Executive Order Declaring a State of Emergency in Response to Ongoing Drought and Elevated Wildfire Conditions

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today issued Executive Order #157, which declares a State of Emergency in Wisconsin due to an increased likelihood of wildfires as a result of abnormally dry weather conditions throughout the state.  The risk of significant large fires is expected to extend at least through the end of May.

    “Much of our state is in a moderate drought at this time, and we’re not expecting that will improve very soon,” Governor Walker said.  “The recent dry weather, in combination with other factors such as wind speeds and low humidity, create the perfect environment for volatile wildfires, which is a potential danger to the people of Wisconsin and their property, as well as our natural resources.  Therefore, I am calling upon the Wisconsin National Guard to assist the Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in wildfire suppression efforts.” 

    Press Release | April 20, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Authorizes National Guard to Assist in Response to Avian Flu Outbreak

    Madison – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker today signed Executive Order #156, authorizing the Wisconsin National Guard to assist authorities in the response to the avian influenza virus affecting Jefferson, Juneau, and Barron Counties.

    “We must act quickly and efficiently to contain the outbreak and protect domestic poultry,” Governor Walker said.  “It is important to note, however, there is no threat to humans with the avian flu outbreak.”

    Press Release | April 20, 2015

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  • Governor Walker Touts Wisconsin to Spanish Business Leaders

    Bilbao, Spain – Governor Scott Walker today met with more than 30 business executives in the Basque Country in northern Spain to encourage companies to consider investing in Wisconsin.

    “When it comes to sector strength, there are many similarities between the Basque Country and Wisconsin as that region is home to companies in industries such as manufacturing, energy, and aeronautics,” Governor Walker said. “These meetings provided us with the opportunity to make a strong case for why companies in those sectors and others should consider expanding in Wisconsin or partnering with companies in our state.”

    Press Release | April 16, 2015

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  • Governor Walker Speaks at Hannover Messe Trade Show

    Hannover, Germany – Governor Scott Walker today highlighted the opportunities presented by the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement during a speech at the Hannover Messe trade show, the world's largest industrial fair.

    “Wisconsin has a wealth of assets for the business community,” Governor Walker said.  “We have a loyal, dedicated, and skilled workforce, a strong and diverse transportation network, and an aggressive commitment to growing our economy and creating jobs.  Any company looking to invest or expand shto ould look Wisconsin to grow your success.” 

    Press Release | April 14, 2015

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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, German Center of Neurodegenerative Diseases to Collaborate on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research

    Bonn, Germany – Governor Scott Walker was joined by officials of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) today at a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and DZNE agreed to collaborate on research efforts aimed at slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases.  This partnership is forged in hopes that outcomes for patients, as well as individuals at increased risk for developing these diseases, will improve.

    “Both of these institutions have conducted groundbreaking research in this area, and through this collaboration, they hope to develop ways to not only slow down the pace of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, but also enable early diagnosis,” Governor Walker said.  “Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, and we must use every means possible to fight this disease that not only kills, but also drastically reduces one’s quality of life.”

    Press Release | April 13, 2015

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  • Governor Walker Arrives in Germany for European Trade Mission

    Germany – Governor Scott Walker has arrived in Germany to mark the start of a weeklong European trade mission to promote state exports and encourage foreign companies to consider establishing or expanding operations in Wisconsin.

    “The pro-business climate we have developed in Wisconsin, and our quality workforce, help make a strong case for why companies in Germany, France and Spain should take a close look at our state if they’re considering entering the U.S. for the first time, or increasing their presence here,” Governor Walker said. “I look forward to meeting face-to-face with business and government leaders in all three countries, to increase awareness of all Wisconsin has to offer.”

    Press Release | April 13, 2015

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  • Governor Walker Appoints Sauk County Circuit Court Judge

    Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment of Michael P. Screnock to replace retiring Judge Patrick J. Taggart on the Sauk County Circuit Court.

    “Michael Screnock will make an excellent judge for Sauk County,” Governor Walker said. “He is an accomplished and dedicated public servant with a reputation for integrity, and I am confident that he will act fairly and uphold the law.”

    Press Release | April 10, 2015

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  • Governor Walker Appoints St. Croix County Judge

    Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker appointed Attorney R. Michael Waterman to serve as Judge of Branch IV of the St. Croix County Circuit Court. Mr. Waterman will replace Judge Howard Cameron, who resigned on March 4, 2015.

    “I am confident that Mike will step into the role of circuit court seamlessly,” said Governor Walker. “He embodies all of the qualities that a judge should: integrity, intelligence, and a firm commitment to the rule of law. He will be an incredible asset to St. Croix County.”

    Press Release | April 10, 2015

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