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Tony Evers
Tony Evers (cropped).jpg
Governor-elect of Wisconsin
Assuming office
January 7, 2019
Lieutenant Mandela Barnes (Elect)
Succeeding Scott Walker
26th Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
Assumed office
July 6, 2009
Governor Jim Doyle
Scott Walker
Preceded by Elizabeth Burmaster
Succeeded byTBD
Personal details
Anthony Steven Evers

(1951-11-05) November 5, 1951 (age 67)
Plymouth, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kathy Evers
Education University of Wisconsin, Madison ( BA, MA, PhD)
Website Campaign website

Anthony Steven Evers ( /vərz/; [1] born November 5, 1951) is an American politician, educator and the Governor-elect of Wisconsin. [2] He is currently serving as the 26th Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin since 2009. [3] On November 6, 2018, Evers defeated Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Early life and career

Born in 1951 in Plymouth, Wisconsin, to a physician father, [4] Evers received his bachelor's (1974), master's (1978), and doctoral degrees (1986) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. [5] 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. [6]

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. [7] Evers is president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and from 2001 to 2009 was Wisconsin's Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction.

State Superintendent

Evers then ran again in 2009, this time winning. He defeated Rose Fernandez in the general election. [8] In April 2013, Evers defeated Don Pridemore and won reelection. [9] 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. [10] He and another government employee were fined $250 each for soliciting campaign donations during work hours. [11] [12]

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. [13]

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. [14]

Funding formula proposal

Evers has proposed the "Fair Funding for Our Future" school finance reform plan. [15] 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. [16] [17]

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. [18]

2018 gubernatorial campaign

On August 23, 2017, Evers announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Wisconsin in 2018. [19] 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. [20] Evers won the eight-candidate Democratic primary on August 14, 2018. [21] On November 6, 2018, Evers won the election to become governor of Wisconsin, defeating two-term Republican incumbent Scott Walker.

Political positions

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. [22]

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. [23] He would like to expand Pre-K education to all students and continue the freeze of the in-state tuition price for higher education. [22]

Health care

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. [24] 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. [25] 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. [26] He would remove Wisconsin from a national lawsuit which seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act. [22]


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. [22]

Income taxes

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. [22]

Personal life

Evers is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy. [27] They are parents of three adult children and have seven grandchildren. Evers had esophageal cancer before undergoing intensive surgery in 2008. [28]

Electoral history

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 [29]
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%
Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2018 [30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tony Evers 1,324,648 49.6
Republican Scott Walker (Incumbent) 1,293,799 48.4
Libertarian Phil Anderson 20,320 0.8
Green Michael White 11,080 0.4
Independent Maggie Turnbull 18,785 0.7
Independent Arnie Enz 2,715 0.1
Total votes 2,671,347 100%

See also


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Matthew DeFour, Wisconsin State Journal. "Tony Evers: We have to have a governor that values education".
  5. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010,' Biographical Sketch of Tony Evers, pg. 6
  6. ^ "Tony Evers". The Chippewa Herald. Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. March 30, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Tony Evers running for state superintendent". The Tomah Journal. Tomah, Wisconsin. November 20, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Tony Evers wins state Superintendent seat, defeats Pridemore". Fox 6. April 3, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Rodriguez, Aaron. "Breaking News on Tony Evers". The Hispanic Conservative. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  11. ^ "DPI chief Evers agrees to fine". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. October 5, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "State Superintendent Fined for Campaign Solicitation". WTMJ 4 NBC Milwaukee. Archived from the original on October 8, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  13. ^ Times, Steven Elbow | The Capital. "Tony Evers proposes 10-fold increase in school mental health funding". Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Developing Agreements between Local Education Agencies and American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Fair Funding for Our Future - FAQ". Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. November 10, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Fair Funding for Our Future". Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. November 10, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Meyerhofer, Kelly. "Tony Evers calls for nearly $1.7 billion hike in state funding for K-12 schools". Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "News Releases". Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  19. ^ Opoien, Jessie (August 23, 2017). "Wisconsin schools superintendent Tony Evers launches campaign for governor". The Capital Times.
  20. ^ Johnson, Shawn (August 28, 2017). "Evers Campaign Ad Hits Walker on Foxconn". Wisconsin Public Radio News.
  21. ^ DeFour, Matthew (August 14, 2018). "It's Evers: State schools superintendent to challenge Scott Walker in November". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  22. ^ a b c d e Journal, Mark Sommerhauser | Wisconsin State. "What would the next four years bring under Scott Walker or Tony Evers?". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  23. ^ Journal, Matthew DeFour | Wisconsin State. "Funding for K-12 education a major fault line in governor's race". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  24. ^ "Tony Evers challenges Gov. Walker's record on health care". WKOW. September 17, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  25. ^ Press, SCOTT BAUER Associated. "Scott Walker, Tony Evers spar over cost of Wisconsin health insurance". Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  26. ^ "Tony Evers challenges Scott Walker to drop Obamacare lawsuit". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  27. ^ "DPI About Tony Evers". Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  28. ^ Journal, Molly Beck | Wisconsin State. "Tony Evers seeks a third term after battles with conservatives, cancer and Common Core". Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  29. ^ "Wisconsin Primary Election Results". The New York Times. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  30. ^ "Wisconsin Governor Election Results". New York Times.

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