Who is Tim Michels?
- Business Tim Michels is contesting the Republican primaries for Wisconsin's governor
- He is being backed by Donald Trump
- Michels is a 12-year US Army veteran
Tim Michels is a business-turned-politician who is currently fighting to win the Republican primary for candidature to the post of Wisconsin's governor. He is also the co-owner of the construction company, Michels Corporation. Although the 60-year-old Michels entered the stage later than his opponents, he has been gaining momentum on the back of his endorsement by former US President, Donald Trump. The Wisconsin Republican primary winner will contest the general election against incumbent Tony Evers of the Democratic Party.
Michels was born in Lomira, Wisconsin and is a graduate of Lomira High School. He later went on to earn an undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College in political science. He also attended the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, from where he earned a postgraduate degree in business administration and an MPA, respectively.
An Army veteran with a 12-year experience, Michels began working as an Infantry Officer and later rose to the post of Major. He currently lives with his wife, Barbara, and their three children in Hartland, Wisconsin. His campaign website, Michels For Governor, says that if elected, he will "fix the Wisconsin economy by taking his business and leadership experience and bringing it to Madison. He will always back the blue, back parents in public education, cut taxes, keep schools open five days a week, and ensure our elections are fair and transparent".
This is not the first time that Michels will be contesting elections. Earlier in 1998, Michels contested in the Republican primaries for the state Senate, but ended up with 30% of the votes, losing to incumbent Scott L. Fitzgerald. It was in the 2004 primaries that Michels was finally able to secure candidature for the general election. However, Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold got the better of him on that occasion. Notably, Michels vocally supported the Iraq War during his election campaign against Feingold.