Doug La Follette
Doug La Follette Secretary of State of Wisconsin Incumbent Assumed office
January 3, 1983
Preceded by Vel Phillips In office
January 6, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Robert Zimmerman Personal details Born June 6, 1940
Des Moines, Iowa
Political party Democratic Residence Madison, Wisconsin Alma mater Marietta College (B.A.)
Stanford University (M.S.)
Columbia University (Ph.D.)
University of Freiburg (International research associate)
University of Wisconsin (Research associate)
Occupation Professor, researcher, environmentalist, politician
Douglas J. "Doug" La Follette (born June 6, 1940) is an American academic, environmental activist, and politician from the state of Wisconsin. A Democrat, he is the current Secretary of State of Wisconsin.
Early life and career
La Follette was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College, his Master of Science in chemistry from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Columbia University. He began a teaching career as an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin–Parkside in Kenosha.
Known as an environmentalist before running for public office, he was a Wisconsin organizer of the first Earth Day for Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and co-founded Wisconsin's Environmental Decade (now known as Clean Wisconsin) with Peter Anderson.
La Follette first ran for office in the 1970 U.S. House of Representatives election, losing to Les Aspin in the Democratic primary for the Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. La Follette served in the Wisconsin State Senate for Kenosha for one term.
La Follette was elected Secretary of State of Wisconsin in 1974. He unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin on a ticket with Governor Martin Schreiber in 1978. In 1982, he was again elected state Secretary of State, defeating incumbent Vel Phillips. La Follette has been the Secretary of State ever since.
He has run unopposed several times for Secretary of State and shuns fundraising in the style of former Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire. In 1990, his opponent, Madison attorney and radio personality Stuart Levitan, campaigned on a promise to eliminate the Secretary of State's office, whose duties have been reduced and transferred to other agencies, including the State Board of Elections, under La Follette's tenure.
Since being elected Secretary of State, La Follette has run twice for federal office. In 1988, he ran for U.S. Senate, losing the primary to Herb Kohl. In 1996, he made another bid for the U.S. House of Representatives, losing in the Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district to Lydia Spottswood, who went on to lose the general election to Mark Neumann.
- La Follette is the author of the 1991 book The Survival Handbook: A Strategy for Saving Planet Earth.
- He has also served on the board of directors of Friends of the Earth and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
- In 2003 he ran for, and was elected to, the board of directors of the Sierra Club for a three-year term. He did not seek reelection in 2006.
- He was a Fulbright Distinguished American Scholar in 2003.
- 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
- Doug La Follette (D), 72%
- Scot Ross (D), 28%
- 2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election
- Doug La Follette (D), 57%
- Sandy Sullivan (R), 38%
- Michael LaForest (Green), 4.5%
On November 2, 2010, La Follette won re-election over challenger David King, a Milwaukee Republican, 52% to 48%.
- ^ "La Follette, Douglas J". Wisconsinhistory.org. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=2122&keyword=la+follette. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- ^ La Follette weathers Republican tsunami, Journal Sentinel Dec. 11, 2010
- ^ "Lautenschlager, Ross & Feingold Favored in WisPolitics Dem Convo Straw Poll". WisPolitics.com. 2006-10-06. http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=64241. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
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- ^ http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/106590163.html
- Wispolitics.com article on the convention straw poll.
- Clean Wisconsin
- Office of the Wisconsin Secretary of State
- An article by Doug La Follette on Earth Day and the legacy of Sen. Gaylord Nelson
Political offices Preceded by
Secretary of State of Wisconsin
Secretary of State of Wisconsin
Incumbent State secretaries of state in the United States
SD: Jason Gant (R)
TN: Tre Hargett (R)
TX: Esperanza Andrade (R)
UT: No such office
VT: Jim Condos (D)
VA: Janet Polarek (R)
WA: Sam Reed (R)
WV: Natalie Tennant (D)
WI: Doug La Follette (D)
WY: Max Maxfield (R)
AS: Lt. Gov. Ipulasi A. Sunia (D)
DC: Cynthia Brock-Smith (D)
GU: Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio (R)
PR: Kenneth McClintock (D-NPP)
VI: No such officeIn Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the office is called the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
In states without the office, the lieutenant governor may perform some of the typical duties of a Secretary of State.
Secretaries of State of Wisconsin Territory State
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