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15 Things You Should Know About Scott Walker, Who Just Announced He's Running For President

Will he walk (or ride his motorcycle) into the White House?

Scott Walker has joined the fray, announcing his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on Twitter on Monday morning (July 13), meaning he'll be running against the massive list of 16 candidates seeking the Republican nomination.

If you're not familiar with Walker or his politics, now's a good time to kick-start your reading. Is he your candidate for 2016?

  1. He’s the Republican Governor of Wisconsin.
    Scott Walker via Facebook

    He was born in Colorado and spent a few years in Iowa before moving to Wisconsin when he was a kid.

  2. He and his wife made beautiful music together.
    Scott and Tonnette Walker via Facebook

    Tonette Walker is a development director for the American Lung Association. They met at a karaoke night at a barbecue restaurant.

  3. They’ve got a politically-themed love story.
    Scott Walker via Facebook

    Walker proposed on the night President George H. W. Bush gave his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. They later got married on Ronald Reagan’s birthday.

  4. They have two sons.
    Scott Walker via Facebook

    They’re in college and they don't really agree with their dad politically. They also inspired a drinking game (Rules: Drink every time Walker drops their names in a speech.)

  5. He doesn’t have a college degree.

    Well, not officially. He dropped out of Marquette University in his senior year, just a few credits shy of graduating. If elected, he'd be the first prez since Harry Truman in 1945 to not finish his undergrad studies.

  6. He takes pictures of his food too.
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    Too bad it wasn't on Insta.

  7. He’s allergic to dogs.
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    That’s the most tragic allergy imaginable.

  8. He opposes raising the minimum wage.

    Walker says he thinks higher minimum wages will make employers hire less young people.

  9. He's against making deals with Iran.

    Prior to announcing his intention to run, Walker said he would cancel any deals the Obama administration made with Iran.

    In a radio interview with Wisconsin radio personality Charlie Sykes, Walker said "the last thing — not just for the region but for this world — we need is a nuclear-armed Iran."

  10. He called the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage a 'grave mistake.'

    Following the June Supreme Court Ruling, Walker came out against the decision, calling for a constitutional amendment that would leave the decision in the hands of the states.

  11. As for immigration, he believes aspiring citizens should move through the systems in place.

    Walker says he doesn't believe in amnesty that bypasses the current channels and instead thinks we should strengthen the borders and encourage people to apply for citizenship through existing channels.

  12. He's a sports fan.

    Walker caught Wisconsin's final four game at a local bar with fellow Wisconsin Badgers fans.

  13. He's a staunch advocate for the second amendment.

    Walker has promised throughout his previous campaigns as governor to fight other "politicians who want to treat the Second Amendment as optional and strip [Americans] of the right to keep and bear arms."

  14. He is anti-abortion.

    Walker has said that he's against abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. However, he also has said in his governor campaign ads that he understands how hard the decision is for women and supports legislation to increase education and safety surrounding the procedure.

  15. He rides motorcycles.
    Scott Walker via Facebook

    Walker rides a 2003 Harley Davidson Road King and used to organize a statewide motorcycle tour in Wisconsin called "Executive's Ride." It's all very "Wild Hogs."