James Edward Doyle, Jr., (born November 23, 1945) is an American lawyer and politician who served because the forty fourth Governor of Wisconsin, serving from January 6, 2003 to January 3, 2011. In his first election to the governorship, he defeated incumbent Governor Scott McCallum by a margin of 45 p.c to 41 p.c; the Libertarian Party candidate Ed Thompson gained 10 p.c of the vote. Although in 2002 Democrats elevated their variety of governorships, Doyle was the one one among them to unseat a Republican. Doyle additionally served as Wisconsin’s Attorney General for 12 years earlier than turning into Governor. He is at present an lawyer ‘of counsel’ within the Madison, Wisconsin workplace of the legislation agency of Foley & Lardner and serves on the company board of Epic Systems.
During the marketing campaign, Doyle was dogged by expenses that Georgia Thompson, a state worker, had steered a journey company contract to a agency whose principals had donated $20,000 to his marketing campaign. Thompson was convicted in federal courtroom in late 2006 and sentenced to 18 months in jail. The conviction was reversed by the seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in April 2007, with one choose calling the U.S. Attorney’s case “past skinny”.
Doyle defeated Republican Congressman Mark Green in 2006. Doyle topped Green 53% to 45% in a 12 months by which no incumbent Democratic governor, senator, or congressman misplaced their reelection bid.
On election day, Doyle defeated McCallum by over 4 p.c of the vote, turning into the primary Democratic governor within the state since Anthony Earl was defeated in 1986. Doyle was sworn in on January 6, 2003 on the State Capitol in Madison.
The 2002 governor’s race is taken into account by some to have been essentially the most destructive marketing campaign within the state’s historical past.[who?] In response, Libertarian Ed Thompson (brother of Tommy), publicly vital of the destructive campaigning of each main occasion candidates, who turned a extra viable possibility for some voters, garnered 10% of the vote.
Doyle ran towards Republican Scott McCallum, the previous lieutenant governor who had assumed the workplace of governor in 2001 after Tommy Thompson left to develop into Secretary of Health and Human Services within the Bush administration.
In 1975, Doyle returned to Madison, Wisconsin, and served three phrases as Dane County District Attorney, from 1977 to 1982. After leaving that workplace, he spent eight years in non-public observe. Doyle was elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 1990, and reelected in 1994 and 1998. Between 1997 and 1998, he served because the president of the National Association of Attorneys General. During his twelve years as lawyer common, Doyle was thought of powerful on crime, however not unsympathetic to its causes. He additionally gained recognition because of a number of profitable lawsuits towards tobacco corporations within the state.
In 1972, Doyle earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He then moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona, the place he labored as an lawyer in a federal authorized providers workplace.
Doyle, who graduated from Madison West High School in 1963, attended Stanford University for 3 years, then returned house to Madison to complete his senior 12 months on the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After graduating from school and impressed by John F. Kennedy’s name to public service, Doyle labored as a instructor together with his spouse, Jessica Doyle in Tunisia as a part of the Peace Corps from 1967 to 1969.
Jim Doyle was born on November 23, 1945, in Washington, D.C., the son of Ruth Bachhuber Doyle and James Edward Doyle, who have been influential leaders of the post-1946 Democratic Party of Wisconsin. James E. Doyle Sr. ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1954 and was appointed as a federal choose in 1965. Ruth Bachhuber Doyle was the primary lady from Dane County to be elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1948.