Rebecca Kleefisch, a former small business owner and news reporter, serves as Wisconsin’s 44th Lieutenant Governor. She was elected Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor on November 2, 2010.
Widely credited for coining the phrase, “Wisconsin is Open for Business”, Kleefisch immediately played a key role in business growth and retention for Wisconsin – cold-calling Illinois businesses that, in turn, relocated to Wisconsin, and nimbly responding to businesses looking for support.
Kleefisch serves as Wisconsin’s “Jobs Ambassador’ and spearheads the Governor’s Small Business Summits, listening and input sessions held all over the state. She chaired the Governor’s Sub Cabinet on Workforce Investment that developed the “Wisconsin Working” plan, designed to connect the unemployed to jobs, encourage the hiring of veterans and address Wisconsin’s graying manufacturing workforce. Kleefisch serves as an economic development liaison and advocate for small business owners and chairs the newly-created Committee on Minority Unemployment.
The Lieutenant Governor is also known for her work on veterans’ issues; she advocated for the declaration of 2012 as “The Year of the Veteran”. The public/private partnership initiative honors, celebrates and offers opportunities to Wisconsin’s heroes.
Kleefisch serves on the Manufacturing and STEM Committees of the Aerospace States Association. She was recently named one of the nation’s 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45 by the Republican Security Council.
Rebecca Kleefisch is a colon cancer survivor, a member of the NRA and graduate of the University of Wisconsin.