Scott McCallum

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Scott McCallum
Governor Scott McCallum 2001.jpg
43rd Governor of Wisconsin
In office
February 1, 2001 – January 6, 2003
Lieutenant Margaret Farrow
Preceded by Tommy Thompson
Succeeded by Jim Doyle
41st Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 5, 1987 – February 1, 2001
Governor Tommy Thompson
Preceded by James Flynn
Succeeded by Margaret Farrow
Personal details
Born (1950-05-02) May 2, 1950 (age 64)
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laurie McCallum; 3 children
Profession Business manager
Religion Christian Scientist

Scott McCallum (born May 2, 1950) is a member of the Republican Party who served as the 43rd Governor of Wisconsin, from 2001 to 2003. Prior to assuming the role of governor upon the appointment of Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services, McCallum served as a member of the Wisconsin State Senate and as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.[1][2]

Background/personal life[edit]

McCallum was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the eldest of four children. He attended the youth government and leadership program, Badger Boys State, in 1967 as a representative chosen from his High School.

He graduated from Macalester College in 1972 with a degree in Economics and Political Science. He earned his masters degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. He is of the Christian Science religion. McCallum is married to Laurie McCallum; they have three children and reside in Lodi, Wisconsin.

Political career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1976, McCallum won a seat in the Wisconsin State Senate. McCallum won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 1982, but lost in the general election to incumbent William Proxmire. During his 10 years (1976–1986) as state senator, McCallum was allied with the New Republican Conference, a now-defunct movement of fiscally conservative, but socially liberal, GOP activists.[3]

Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Wisconsin[edit]

In 1986, McCallum ran for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket with Tommy Thompson running for governor. The Thompson-McCallum ticket served the state of Wisconsin for 14 years, having been reelected in 1990, 1994 and 1998. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Thompson to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. McCallum thus served out the final two years of Thompson's fourth term, and appointed State Senator Margaret Farrow of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, to be the new lieutenant governor.[4] McCallum ran for a full term in 2002, but was defeated in the election by Democratic Attorney General Jim Doyle. The other major party candidate running in 2002 was Libertarian Ed Thompson (brother of Tommy Thompson).

Post political career[edit]

McCallum is currently CEO of Aidmatrix, a non-profit based in Texas that matches charitable corporate donations of surplus food and supplies with organizations that need them.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin 18th State Senate Election 1976
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott McCallum 39,194 66.14
Democratic Daniel Klawitter 20,062 33.86
Wisconsin 18th State Senate Election 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott McCallum 47,647 100
Wisconsin U.S. Senate Election 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William Proxmire (incumbent) 983,311 63.6
Republican Scott McCallum 527,355 34.1
Wisconsin 18th State Senate Election 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott McCallum 34,296 54.03
Democratic Peg Lautenschlager 29,177 45.97
Wisconsin Gubernatorial Election 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Doyle 800,515 45.09
Republican Scott McCallum (incumbent) 734,779 41.39
Libertarian Ed Thompson 185,455 10.45

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Tommy Thompson
Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Jim Doyle
Preceded by
James Flynn
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Margaret Farrow
Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Walter G. Hollander
Member of the Wisconsin Senate

from the 18th district

Succeeded by
Carol Roessler