|Governor-elect of Wisconsin|
January 7, 2019
|Lieutenant||Mandela Barnes (Elect)|
|26th Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|Assumed office |
July 6, 2009
|Preceded by||Elizabeth Burmaster|
|Born||Anthony Steven Evers|
November 5, 1951
Plymouth, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||University of Wisconsin, Madison (BA, MA, PhD)|
Anthony Steven Evers (//; born November 5, 1951) is an American politician, educator and the Governor-elect of Wisconsin. He is currently serving as the 26th Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin since 2009. On November 6, 2018, Evers defeated Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 State Department of Public Instruction
- 3 2018 gubernatorial campaign
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Electoral history
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 External links
Early life and career
Born in 1951 in Plymouth, Wisconsin, to a physician father, Evers received his bachelor's (1974), master's (1978), and doctorate degrees (1986) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He began his professional career as a teacher and media coordinator in the Tomah school district. From 1979 to 1980, he was principal of Tomah Elementary School, and from 1980 to 1984 he was principal of Tomah High School. From 1984 to 1988, Evers was superintendent of the Oakfield school district, and from 1988 to 1992 he was superintendent of the Verona school district. From 1992 to 2001, he was administrator of the Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) in Oshkosh.
State Department of Public Instruction
Evers first ran for state superintendent, a nonpartisan post, in 1993 and was defeated by John Benson. In 2001, he came in third in the primary to Elizabeth Burmaster. After her election, Burmaster appointed Evers as Deputy Superintendent, a position he held until Burmaster was appointed president of Nicolet College. Evers is president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and from 2001 to 2009 was Wisconsin's Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Evers then ran again in 2009, this time winning. He defeated Rose Fernandez in the general election. In April 2013, Evers defeated Don Pridemore and won reelection. In 2017, Evers defeated Republican-backed candidate Lowell Holtz, a former Beloit superintendent, winning approximately 70% of the vote.
Student mental health
In 2017, Evers secured increased state investment to increasing the number of trained professionals in schools and more funding for mental health training and cross-sector collaboration.
Signing Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Tribal Nations
Evers has worked with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and the federally recognized tribal nations in Wisconsin to begin an MOU process with each tribal nation to outline the respected and trusted working partnership we seek to establish and grow with each sovereign nation.
Funding formula proposal
Evers has proposed the "Fair Funding for Our Future" school finance reform plan. The plan seeks to address some of the challenges with the current Wisconsin school funding system and proposed changes to ensure equity and transparency in the quality of Wisconsin schools. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has never included Evers's plan in his proposed state budget, citing the cost.
Every Student Succeeds Act
In March 2016, the United States Department of Education announced that Evers had been selected to serve on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Title 1, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The federal committee is charged with drafting proposed regulations for two areas of the ESSA.
2018 gubernatorial campaign
On August 23, 2017, Evers announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Wisconsin in 2018. He cited his 2017 reelection as state superintendent with over 70 percent of the vote, as well as his criticism of incumbent governor Scott Walker, as key reasons for deciding to run. Evers launched his first campaign advertisement against Walker on August 28, 2017. Evers won the eight-candidate Democratic primary on August 14, 2018. On November 6, 2018, Evers won the election to become governor of Wisconsin, defeating two-term Republican incumbent Scott Walker.
Evers has said his top three priorities are improving the Wisconsin public school system, making health care more affordable, and fixing Wisconsin's roads and bridges.
Evers was elected as the 46th Governor of Wisconsin on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, and is expected to assume the office in January 2019.
Evers was a Wisconsin teacher and principal who became the State Superintendent, which he says made him aware of the limitations in the current education system. Evers would direct more funding towards K-12 education and would like to work with Republicans to do more to help underperforming schools. He would like to expand Pre-K education to all students and continue the freeze of the in-state tuition price for higher education.
Evers is a cancer survivor. He said that Scott Walker's decisions about health care in Wisconsin have led to higher insurance premiums for residents. He points out that Minnesota accepted a Medicaid expansion and has been more proactive about healthcare overall, resulting in 47% lower insurance premiums than Wisconsin. Evers would protect people from being charged more for health insurance because they are older or have pre-existing conditions. He would allow children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until the age of 26. He would remove Wisconsin from a national lawsuit which seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Evers says studies show Wisconsin has some of the worst roads in the United States. He would focus on improving roads and bridges, and has stated he is open to imposing a gas tax to fund the projects.
Evers would cut income tax by 10% for residents who earn less than $100,000/year and families that earn less than $150,000/year. He would fund this by capping a state tax break for manufacturers and farmers at $300,000/year.
Evers is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy. They are parents of three adult children and have seven grandchildren. Evers had esophageal cancer before undergoing intensive surgery in 2008.
|Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Primary Election, 2001|
|Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Primary Election, 2009|
|Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Election, 2009|
|Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tony Evers (inc.)||487,030||61.15|
|Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Election, 2017|
|Republican||Scott Walker (Incumbent)||1,293,799||48.4|
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- List of Superintendents of Public Instruction of Wisconsin
- Tomsyck, Teymour (October 12, 2018). "NRA campaign ad mispronounces name of Walker opponent Evers". WISC-TV. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
His last name rhymes with weavers.
- Marley, Patrick; Beck, Molly (August 14, 2018). "Wisconsin primary: Democrat Tony Evers beats GOP Gov. Scott Walker in November". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- Matthew DeFour, Wisconsin State Journal. "Tony Evers: We have to have a governor that values education".
- 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010,' Biographical Sketch of Tony Evers, pg. 6
- "Tony Evers". The Chippewa Herald. Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. March 30, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
- "Tony Evers running for state superintendent". The Tomah Journal. Tomah, Wisconsin. November 20, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
- Derby, Samara Kalk (April 1, 2009). "A quiet race, the Evers-Fernandez face-off for Superintendent generates little interest". The Capital Times. Madison, Wisconsin: Madison. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
- "Tony Evers wins state Superintendent seat, defeats Pridemore". Fox 6. April 3, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- Rodriguez, Aaron. "Breaking News on Tony Evers". The Hispanic Conservative. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- "DPI chief Evers agrees to fine". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. October 5, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- "State Superintendent Fined for Campaign Solicitation". WTMJ 4 NBC Milwaukee. Archived from the original on October 8, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- Times, Steven Elbow | The Capital. "Tony Evers proposes 10-fold increase in school mental health funding". madison.com. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- "Developing Agreements between Local Education Agencies and American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities" (PDF).
- "Fair Funding for Our Future - FAQ". Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. November 10, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- "Fair Funding for Our Future". Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. November 10, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- Meyerhofer, Kelly. "Tony Evers calls for nearly $1.7 billion hike in state funding for K-12 schools". madison.com. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- "News Releases". Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- Opoien, Jessie (August 23, 2017). "Wisconsin schools superintendent Tony Evers launches campaign for governor". The Capital Times.
- Johnson, Shawn (August 28, 2017). "Evers Campaign Ad Hits Walker on Foxconn". Wisconsin Public Radio News.
- DeFour, Matthew (August 14, 2018). "It's Evers: State schools superintendent to challenge Scott Walker in November". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- Journal, Mark Sommerhauser | Wisconsin State. "What would the next four years bring under Scott Walker or Tony Evers?". madison.com. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- Journal, Matthew DeFour | Wisconsin State. "Funding for K-12 education a major fault line in governor's race". madison.com. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- "Tony Evers challenges Gov. Walker's record on health care". WKOW. September 17, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- Press, SCOTT BAUER Associated. "Scott Walker, Tony Evers spar over cost of Wisconsin health insurance". madison.com. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- "Tony Evers challenges Scott Walker to drop Obamacare lawsuit". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- "DPI About Tony Evers". Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
- Journal, Molly Beck | Wisconsin State. "Tony Evers seeks a third term after battles with conservatives, cancer and Common Core". madison.com. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- "Wisconsin Primary Election Results". The New York Times. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- "Wisconsin Governor Election Results". New York Times.
| Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
| Governor of Wisconsin
Taking office 2019
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin