Candidate Profile: Rebecca Kleefisch For Wisconsin Governor

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MILWAUKEE, WI — Rebecca Kleefisch, the former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, is looking to win the governor seat from Gov. Tony Evers. She's a pro-police candidate and is running on a platform that involves reopening schools and workplaces and closely monitoring state elections. "I want to take back Wisconsin," Kleefisch told Patch.


Rebecca Kleefisch

Town of Residence

Town of Concord

Position sought


Party Affiliation



Joel Kleefisch, husband, Ella Kleefisch, daughter and Violet Kleefisch, daughter

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

Joel Kleefisch served as the Representative for the 38th Assembly District from 2004-2018


The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts


1848 Project, President, 2020-2021

Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Jobs Ambassador, 2019-2021

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, 2010-2018

Campaign Website

Why are you seeking elective office?

We have had so much taken from us the last few years. I want to take back Wisconsin, and to

do that we need to get back to school, back to work, back the badge, and give the government
back to the people.

The single most pressing issue facing my constituents is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

Wisconsin needs to get serious about the integrity of our elections. I frequently hear from people

who are willing to walk away from the process altogether – that’s a tremendous danger to our
Republic. As governor, I’ll ban ballot harvesting and stop the use of unaccountable, unattended
drop boxes. I will replace the Wisconsin Elections Commission with a more accountable office
that gives the voters a say. I will create a law enforcement agency with the power to investigate
fraud and audit our elections.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

I’m a proven conservative reformer. I am the only Lt. Governor in American history to win a

recall election. I have taken on entrenched, liberal special interests before and won. As your
governor, I will do it again. I am proud to have the endorsement of Governor Scott Walker.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community?

Tony Evers is a weak leader who has repeatedly failed Wisconsin. He fanned the flames of a

culture war in Kenosha and watched as it burned, he refuses to fire Milwaukee County District Attorney John
Chisholm, who let a maniac kill and injure Waukesha family members; now he says his
schedule is too busy to meet with crime victims. He shuttered our economy during COVID-19 and
failed to get unemployment checks to those in desperate need. He’s tried on numerous
occasions to raise taxes by billions of dollars. Tony Evers sat quietly while Wisconsin kids were
locked out of the classroom and forced into mandated virtual-only education. We cannot afford
four more years of this weak leadership, and as governor, I will take back control of Wisconsin
and give it back to the people.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

Education: Parents know what is best for their children. As governor, I will enact universal

school choice, demand curriculum transparency, protect parents’ rights, and ban critical race
theory from classrooms.

Crime: Crime in Wisconsin is out of control. I am law enforcement’s pick for governor because I
have a plan to take back our streets. I am proud to be endorsed by the Fraternal Order of
Police, the Milwaukee Police Association, and a majority of Wisconsin sheriffs. I will help hire
1,000 new law enforcement officers, reform our broken bail system, and ensure cops have the
resources and support needed to protect our families.

Affordability: Biden/Evers inflation is at a 40-year high. Through 2021, there were nearly
100,000 fewer people working in Wisconsin than prior to the pandemic. Actions to shut down
domestic energy production and paying people not to work are just two of the many ways Evers
and Biden are contributing to the high cost of family necessities.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

The best indication of what you will do is what you have done. As Lt. Governor, I was a proven

reformer who worked alongside Governor Scott Walker to deliver victory after victory. Wisconsin
became the nation’s envy with reforms like Act 10, Voter ID, Right to Work, defunding Planned
Parenthood, Castle Doctrine, $13 billion in tax relief, and much more.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

The best advice was dispensed as I was deciding whether to stay on as a Milwaukee news

anchor or stay at home with my new baby. My friend told me, “you can have it all… you just
can’t have it all at once.” It’s a good reminder that there are seasons in life, and the people who
look like they have it all, in fact, are sacrificing somewhere and make choices just like we do.
This advice empowers you to make decisions and not be filled with guilt over choosing.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I’m a Wisconsin proud conservative mom. I believe in turning the best policy ideas into reality,

regardless of the odds. As your governor, I will always fight for you and your family. Together, we
will make Wisconsin the crown jewel of the Midwest. (And yes… I still drive a minivan.)

This article originally appeared on the Milwaukee Patch