Tony Evers

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Tony Evers
Tony Evers (cropped).jpg
26th Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
Assumed office
July 6, 2009
Governor Jim Doyle
Scott Walker
Preceded by Elizabeth Burmaster
Personal details
Born Anthony Steven Evers
(1951-11-05) November 5, 1951 (age 66)
Plymouth, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kathy
Children 3
Education University of Wisconsin, Madison (BA, MA, PhD)

Anthony Steven Evers (born November 5, 1951) is an American politician and educator serving as the 26th and current Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin since 2009. Evers is president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and from 2001 to 2009 was Wisconsin's Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction.[1] Evers is the Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin in the 2018 gubernatorial election.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Plymouth, Wisconsin, in 1951, Evers received bachelor's (1974), master's (1978), and doctorate degrees (1986) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[3] 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.[4]

State Department of Public Instruction[edit]

Evers first ran for state superintendent 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.[5]

State Superintendent[edit]

Evers then ran again in 2009, this time winning. He defeated Rose Fernandez in the general election.[6] In April 2013, Evers defeated Don Pridemore and won reelection.[7] In 2017, Evers defeated Republican-backed candidate Lowell Holtz, a former Beloit superintendent, winning approximately 70% of the vote.

In 2009, Evers used government email accounts for fundraising purposes.[8] He and another government employee were fined $250 each for soliciting campaign donations during work hours.[9][10]

Funding formula proposal[edit]

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.[11][dead link]

Every Student Succeeds Act[edit]

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.[12][not in citation given]

2018 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On August 23, 2017, Evers announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Wisconsin in 2018.[13] 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.[14] Evers won the eight candidate Democratic primary on August 14, 2018.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Evers is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy.[16] They are parents of three adult children and have seven grandchildren. Evers had esophageal cancer before undergoing intensive surgery in 2008.[17]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Primary Election, 2001
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Linda Cross 58,258 23.18
Nonpartisan Elizabeth Burmaster 55,327 22.01
Nonpartisan Tony Evers 45,575 18.13
Nonpartisan Jonathan Barry 36,135 14.38
Nonpartisan Tom Balistreri 33,531 13.34
Nonpartisan Dean Gagnon 15,261 6.07
Nonpartisan Julie Theis 6,783 2.70
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Primary Election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Tony Evers 89,883 34.99
Nonpartisan Rose Fernandez 79,757 31.04
Nonpartisan Van Mobley 34,940 13.60
Nonpartisan Todd Price 28,927 11.26
Nonpartisan Lowell Holtz 22,373 8.71
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Tony Evers 439,248 57.14
Nonpartisan Rose Fernandez 328,511 42.74
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Tony Evers (inc.) 487,030 61.15
Nonpartisan Don Pridemore 308,050 38.67
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Tony Evers 494,793 70.0
Nonpartisan Lowell Holtz 212,504 30.0
Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Election,2018[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tony Evers 224,502 41.8
Democratic Mahlon Mitchell 88,077 16.4
Democratic Kelda Roys 68,952 12.8
Democratic Kathleen Vinehout 43,975 8.2
Democratic Mike McCabe 39,745 7.4
Democratic Matt Flynn 31,539 5.9
Democratic Paul Soglin 28,128 5.2
Democratic Josh Pade 1,929 0.4
Democratic Others 10,872 2
Total votes 537,719 100%

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Marley, Patrick; Beck, Molly (August 14, 2018). "Wisconsin primary: Democrat Tony Evers to face GOP Gov. Scott Walker in November". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  3. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010,' Biographical Sketch of Tony Evers, pg. 6
  4. ^ "Tony Evers". The Chippewa Herald. Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. March 30, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Tony Evers running for state superintendent". The Tomah Journal. Tomah, Wisconsin. November 20, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Derby, Samara Kalk (April 1, 2009). "A quiet race, the Evers-Fernandez face-off for Superintendent generates little interest". The Capital Times. Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Tony Evers wins state Superintendent seat, defeats Pridemore". April 3, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Rodriguez, Aaron. "Breaking News on Tony Evers". The Hispanic Conservative. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  9. ^ "DPI chief Evers agrees to fine". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. October 5, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "State Superintendent Fined for Campaign Solicitation". WTMJ 4 NBC Milwaukee. Archived from the original on October 8, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  11. ^ "Fair Funding for Our Future - FAQ". November 10, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "News Releases". Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Opoien, Jessie (August 23, 2017). "Wisconsin schools superintendent Tony Evers launches campaign for governor". The Capital Times.
  14. ^ Johnson, Shawn (August 28, 2017). "Evers Campaign Ad Hits Walker on Foxconn". Wisconsin Public Radio News.
  15. ^ DeFour, Matthew (August 14, 2018). "It's Evers: State schools superintendent to challenge Scott Walker in November". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "DPI About Tony Evers". Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Journal, Molly Beck | Wisconsin State. "Tony Evers seeks a third term after battles with conservatives, cancer and Common Core". Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Wisconsin Primary Election Results". The New York Times. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.

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Elizabeth Burmaster
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