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Gov. Jim Doyle Esq.

Self Description

May 2006: "Jim Doyle was sworn in as the 44th Governor of Wisconsin on January 6, 2003. He is the first Democratic Governor of Wisconsin in more than 16 years...

Born on November 23, 1945, to James E. Doyle Sr. and Ruth Bachhuber Doyle, Governor Doyle and his three sisters grew up in Madison. Governor Doyle is married to Jessica Laird Doyle and they have two adult sons, Gus and Gabe.

Governor Doyle’s parents were founding members of the modern Democratic Party in Wisconsin and he credits them for instilling in him the belief that politics and government are honorable professions, and that public service is a way to improve people’s lives.

Governor Doyle attended Stanford University for three years, then finished his senior year at UW-Madison. He is a 1972 graduate of Harvard Law School.

Inspired by John F. Kennedy’s call to public service, after college the Governor and First Lady worked for two years as teachers in Tunisia, Africa in the Peace Corps. After he graduated from law school, the Governor and First Lady moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona to work as an attorney and teacher, respectively.

In 1976, Governor Doyle was elected Dane County District Attorney and served three terms from 1977-82. When he left that office, he spent eight years building his own private law practice until he was elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 1990. Governor Doyle was reelected as Attorney General in 1994 and 1998."

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2005: When Wisconsin legislators passed a photo ID bill earlier this year, Gov. Jim Doyle, D, vetoed it, citing its effect on some 100,000 older voters in the state.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization May 29, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization May 29, 2006
Member of (past or present) Peace Corps Organization May 29, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Stanford University Organization May 29, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Wisconsin-Madison Organization May 29, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Wisconsin (State Government) Organization May 29, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Sep 17, 2009 Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells (Toxic Waters)

QUOTE: runoff from all but the largest farms is essentially unregulated by many of the federal laws intended to prevent pollution and protect drinking water sources.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2007 Lowering Flag for War’s Dead Brings New Rift

QUOTE: [While] Opponents of lowering the flag see it as a subtle antiwar gesture that may run counter to federal guidelines… Others say that governors have the authority to order such tributes and that fallen soldiers are at least as deserving as politicians.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2007 Editorial Observer: A Woman Wrongly Convicted and a U.S. Attorney Who Kept His Job

QUOTE: Opponents of Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin spent $4 million on ads last year trying to link the Democratic incumbent to a state employee who was sent to jail on corruption charges. The effort failed, and Mr. Doyle was re-elected — and now the state employee has been found to have been wrongly convicted. The entire affair is raising serious questions about why a United States attorney put an innocent woman in jail.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2006 A Skeptic on 9/11 Prompts Questions on Academic Freedom

QUOTE: Mr. Barrett’s views...have outraged some Wisconsin legislators and generated a fierce debate about academic freedom on a campus long known as a haven for progressive ideologies and student activism.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2005 Smile—Or Lose Your Right to Vote: Do photo IDs safeguard elections—or disenfranchise voters?

QUOTE: For a number of older Americans, rural residents, minorities and the disabled, requiring a government-issued photo ID erects a new barrier to a fundamental democratic right .... A number of minority lawmakers say the photo ID requirement is a sly variation of the disreputable poll tax a handful of states once charged voters because they wanted to discourage poor blacks from casting ballots.