Rebecca Kleefisch is a Wisconsin-proud, conservative mom who believes in turning great ideas into reality, regardless of the odds.
As a mom, Rebecca wants a stronger Wisconsin for her daughters’ future. Wisconsin needs an economy that works, accountable schools, and law enforcement that keeps our communities safe. Rebecca knows that we can’t accept weak leadership from politicians in Madison while liberals continue to make advances. So she supports expanding school choice so that parents have more control over their kids’ education. She’ll stand with working men and women to help create good-paying jobs and increase vocational training opportunities. Most importantly, Rebecca will stand with the men and women in law enforcement who keep us safe.
In 2010, Wisconsinites elected Rebecca as the state’s 44th Lieutenant Governor, where she championed workforce and economic development for eight years. During her time in office, Kleefisch became known as a conservative fighter and was the first lieutenant governor in American history to survive a recall.
A cancer survivor, Rebecca is well known for her pro-life record. Also an avid turkey hunter, she is known for strong support for the Second Amendment, and her efforts to promote Wisconsin’s sporting heritage. As Lieutenant Governor, she used her platform to create the Governor’s Small Business Summit, an event that allowed Wisconsin small business owners to access state leaders, and the Small Business Academy, a free seminar designed for minority and female potential entrepreneurs. She is the former Chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors’ Association and the Aerospace States Association.
A “recovering journalist,” Rebecca got her start working as a reporter for WIFR-TV in Rockford after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. Soon after, she became a reporter and then news anchor for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, where she worked until starting her own media and marketing firm.
In 2019, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. There, she launched the country’s efforts to commemorate and educate America about the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote. Recently, Rebecca served as the “Jobs Ambassador” for Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, where she traveled the state to encourage more Wisconsin workers to choose well-paying jobs in the construction trades. She also founded The 1848 Project, a solutions-based policy organization that aims to tackle Wisconsin’s problems using the best conservative fixes.
Rebecca lives in Concord, WI, with her husband Joel, their children Ella and Violet, and their dog Fancy.