Mary Burke

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Mary Burke
Mary Burke.jpg
Member of the School Board of Madison, Wisconsin
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 30, 2012
Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 2005 – November 2007
GovernorJim Doyle
Personal details
Born(1959-04-30) April 30, 1959 (age 55)
Madison, Wisconsin
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materGeorgetown University
Harvard University
 
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Mary Burke
Mary Burke.jpg
Member of the School Board of Madison, Wisconsin
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 30, 2012
Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 2005 – November 2007
GovernorJim Doyle
Personal details
Born(1959-04-30) April 30, 1959 (age 55)
Madison, Wisconsin
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materGeorgetown University
Harvard University

Mary Burke (born April 30, 1959) is an American businesswoman, member of the Madison, Wisconsin school board, and a Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in the 2014 election. Burke is a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corporation; she also served as the Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce. She is the daughter of Trek Bicycle Corporation founder Richard Burke.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Mary Burke is the daughter of Richard Burke, founder of Trek Bicycle Corporation. She grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin.[2] She attended Georgetown University, where she received a finance degree. She then attended Harvard Business School, where she earned a master's of business administration degree in 1985.[3]

Career[edit]

Burke began her career as a consultant in New York and Washington, D.C., working for McKinsey & Company and briefly starting her own firm.[4] Burke returned to Wisconsin to work for Trek, working as head of European operations and, later, as director of strategic planning.[4] In 2005 Burke was appointed Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce by Governor Jim Doyle. She left the post on 1 November 2007 to spend more time on family interests and non-profit work, particularly the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.[4][5] In 2008 Burke led a study on the financial troubles facing Milwaukee schools.[6] In 2012 Burke was elected to a seat on the Madison school board[7] after spending $128,000 of her own money on her campaign.[8]

Philanthropy and personal life[edit]

Burke donated $450,000 to Road Home, a nonprofit agency serving homeless families in Dane County. She has also supported the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and Madison Prep, a charter school.[9] Burke joined with teacher Kate Brien to found AVID/TOPS, a non-profit dedicated to help kids striving to be the first in their family to attend college. Burke began volunteering as a teen, teaching tennis in inner-city Milwaukee playgrounds.[10] In 2011 Madison Magazine named Burke one of their "People of the Year".[11]

2014 gubernatorial election[edit]

On October 7, 2013 Burke announced[12] that she is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Governor Scott Walker in the 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election.

In the race she is pitching herself as a moderate who will move Wisconsin beyond the partisan fighting that has defined Walker's term as governor. In August 2014, she was tied with Walker in the polls.[13]

In September 2014, Burke acknowledged that portions of her jobs plan, "Invest for Success", were copied from previous proposals of other Democratic gubernatorial candidates in other states.[14][15] The Burke campaign fired consultant Eric Schnurer, who had worked on those campaigns, for the unacknowledged copying.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marley, Patrick (6 July 2013). "Could former Trek executive Mary Burke unseat Scott Walker?". Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Troller, Susan (6 October 2011). "Q&A with Mary Burke: Making sure minority students have full chance to excel". The Capital Times. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Emmons, Gary. "A Commitment to Education". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Catanese, David (9 October 2014). "Wisconsin's Amazing Race". US News and World Report. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Comp, Nathan J. (October 12, 2007). "Governor Doyle Announces Secretary Mary Burke to Leave Department of Commerce". commerce.state.wi.us. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Comp, Nathan J. (22 December 2011). "Philanthropist Mary Burke believes everybody deserves a chance to be successful". Isthmus. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Davidoff, Judith (4 April 2012). "Achievement gap dominated Madison school board races that netted wins for Arlene Silveira, Mary Burke". Isthmus. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  8. ^ DeFour, Matthew (2 August 2012). "Madison School Board member Burke spent $128,000 to win seat Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/madison-school-board-member-burke-spent-to-win-seat/article_2c1c37e6-dc25-11e1-99e8-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz3DxoQh35H". www.madison.com. 
  9. ^ Comp, Nathan J. (22 December 2011). "Philanthropist Mary Burke believes everybody deserves a chance to be successful". Isthmus. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Troller, Susan (6 October 2011). "Q&A with Mary Burke: Making sure minority students have full chance to excel". The Capital Times. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Nardi, Brennan. "People of the Year". Madison Magazine. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Stein, Jason (7 October 2013). "Mary Burke announces candidacy to challenge Scott Walker for governor". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Hohmann, James. "The woman who could beat Scott Walker". www.politico.com. Politico. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Kaczynski, Andrew (18 September 2014). "Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Fires Campaign Consultant For Large Portions Of Copied Jobs Plan". www.buzzfeed.com. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  16. ^ [2]

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