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
Member of the Wisconsin State Senate from the 18th District
In office
January 6, 1977 – January 5, 1987
Preceded by Walter G. Hollander
Succeeded by Carol Roessler
Personal details
Born (1950-05-02) May 2, 1950 (age 65)
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laurie McCallum; 3 children
Profession Businessman
Religion Christian Scientist

Scott McCallum (born May 2, 1950) is an American businessman and former politician. A member of the Republican Party, he was the 43rd Governor of Wisconsin, serving 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]

Biography[edit]

McCallum was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the eldest of four children. In 1967, he attended a youth leadership program, Badger Boys State, 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 master's degree in international economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. He is of the Christian Science religion.[3] McCallum is married to Laurie McCallum; they have three children and reside in Lodi, Wisconsin.

Political career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1976 at the age of 26, McCallum won a seat in the Wisconsin State Senate, defeating a 20-year incumbent. 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.[4]

Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Wisconsin[edit]

In 1986, McCallum ran for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket with Tommy Thompson running for governor. McCallum chaired the National Council of Lieutenant Governors and was appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's advisory council by President George H.W. Bush.[5] 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 state's first female lieutenant governor.[6]

As the Wisconsin Governor, McCallum was cited by the Wall Street Journal during the economic slowdown in 2001 as being one of the ‘political tough guys’ for balancing the budget without raising taxes.[7] As a Governor he was Commander in Chief of the Wisconsin National Guard, directing emergency operations following the September 11 attacks, which resulted in him receiving the 2002 U.S. National Guard Award for his work.

In 2001, McCallum launched "Invest Wisconsin," a new program to focus on the needs of state businesses and communities for investment capital. The public and private partnership was designed to increase awareness of business financing options by engaging statewide networks and professional associations.[8]

As Governor he created the Department of Electronic Government and the state's first CIO through consolidation of various departments. This action saved $50 million in first year while expanding service. Today, the department is known as the "Division of Enterprise Technology" of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Governor McCallum aggressively used the veto pen to cut expenditures throughout his time in office. It was estimated that Wisconsin taxpayers saved $62.9 million through this action.[9] 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]

After his public sector service, McCallum was President and CEO of Aidmatrix for nine years.[10] The company is a non-profit based in Texas that matches charitable corporate donations of surplus food and supplies with organizations that need them.[11] Currently, Governor McCallum owns and operates The McCallum Group, a consulting firm in the State of Wisconsin.[12]

McCallum was named a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor and Honorary Fellow in the School of Public Health and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[13] McCallum has also taught Executive MBA marketing courses at Sun Yat-sen University and Harbin University.[14]

In March 2013, McCallum was named by Government Technology Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” in US Technology. McCallum has also received the 21st Century Achievement Award from Computerworld, the Distinguished Citizen Award from Macalester College, and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.[15]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Scott McCallum". Nndb.com. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  3. ^ Heinen, Tom (February 8, 2001). "New governor practices quiet faith". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Scott McCallum". Nga.org. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Wisconsin Governors". Wishistory.com. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  7. ^ "2009 William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture | Transportation Center - Northwestern University". Transportation.northwestern.edu. 2005-06-07. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  8. ^ "McCallum launches investment project - Milwaukee - Milwaukee Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Governor Scott McCallum website - McCALLUM 2002 STATE OF THE STATE". Wisgov.us. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  10. ^ "Addressing the requirements of disaster management - The Economic Times". Economictimes.indiatimes.com. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ "THE MCCALLUM GROUP, LLC (M061814)". Wdfi.org. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  13. ^ [4][dead link]
  14. ^ "Meet Governor Scott McCallum - ICOSA Media ICOSA Media". Icosamedia.com. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  15. ^ "Scott McCallum '72 - 2010 Recipients - Alumni Awards - Alumni - Macalester College". Macalester.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Tommy Thompson
Governor of Wisconsin
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Jim Doyle
Preceded by
James Flynn
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
1987–2001
Succeeded by
Margaret Farrow
Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Walter G. Hollander
Member of the Wisconsin Senate from the 18th district
1977–1987
Succeeded by
Carol Roessler