Just a few months after he was elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010, Scott Walker faced a battle for his political career.
Walker's first move when he took office was to put a stop to the state's out-of-control spending and find a way to rein in a $3.6 billion budget deficit.
His legislation passed, but soon afterwards liberal protestors stormed the Capitol, angry that Walker's plan effectively did the following:
- Took away the ability for most of the state's public unions to bargain collectively
- Forced state workers to contribute more of their own money to their pensions and health care costs
By the end of his first year in office, Walker was fighting not only for his reforms but for his political life as he was facing an unprecedented recall election.
But then something happened: Walker's policies began to work, and when Election Day rolled around in June 2012 voters decided they were better off under his leadership.
Walker became the first governor in American history to survive a recall attempt.
In his new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, Walker explains how he knew his reforms would work. He also shares the lessons conservatives on the national stage can learn from his success.
Gov. Walker talked more about his new book and what gave him the courage to face down the unions, on The 700 Club, Nov. 21.