Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, October 31, 2016

Former Gov. Doyle, students chat on election, policy issues

Former Gov. Doyle, students chat on election, policy issues

Former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and 11 La Follette School students chatted about the upcoming election and a wide range of policy issues October 27 during an informal gathering at Union South.

Gov. Doyle, who teaches the La Follette School course Politics of State Policy Issues, was the 44th governor of Wisconsin – serving from 2003 to 2011. Before his election as governor, Doyle served 12 years as Wisconsin’s attorney general.

“It was interesting to pick Gov. Doyle’s brain about the election and hear what he and some of my classmates had to say on gerrymandering in Wisconsin, equitable voting, and several of the down-ballot local races,” said Drew Buys, a second-year student in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program.

La Follette Professor Susan Yackee organized the casual, nonpartisan gathering where Gov. Doyle and the students discussed the impact of foreign trade on Wisconsin businesses, the election process, immigration, and numerous other topics.

“Gov. Doyle is a dedicated public servant, and we are extremely grateful that he shares his insights with La Follette School students through his course and events like this,” said Yackee. “Hearing from highly regarded people like Gov. Doyle and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson at graduation in May is a huge benefit to our students.”

Among the students participating Thursday were Ken Smith and Anna Brunner, both students in Gov. Doyle’s class this semester. “It's great to hear the perspective of a former governor,” said Brunner. “He has a lot of interesting insights and really seems to care what students have to say.”

Genevieve Carter, Jordan Krieger, Liz Doyle, Kirsten Jacobson, Beth Miller, Eva Vasiljevic, Robert Gudea, and Falon French also chatted with Gov. Doyle, who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.