Bill Walker was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and raised in Delta and Valdez. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lewis and Clark College in 1973. Throughout his career, Walker has focused on efforts to develop Alaska’s natural resources. In 1977, he was elected to the Valdez City Council and became mayor in 1979. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1983 and worked for the law firm Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell, and Brundin upon graduation. Walker and his wife Donna founded their own firm in 1995, focusing in municipal and oil and gas law. Walker also serves as general counsel for the Alaska Gasline Port Authority. He and Donna have been married for 36 years and reside in Anchorage. They have four children, Lindsay, Tessa, Adam and Jordan, and two grandchildren.
Doug Ducey was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. After college, Ducey began a career in sales and marketing with Procter & Gamble and went on to serve as partner and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery. He was elected as Arizona State Treasurer in November 2010. Ducey and his wife Angela have been married for 23 years and have three sons, Jack, Joe and Sam.
Asa Hutchinson was raised on a farm near Gravette, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School and has spent the majority of his career in the private sector as a small business owner, lawyer and entrepreneur. At the age of 31, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Hutchinson served as a U.S. Congressman from 1996 to 2001, when he was appointed as director of the Drug Enforcement Administration. In January 2003, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first under secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Hutchinson and his wife Susan have been married for 40 years. They have four children and five grandchildren.
David Ige was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a MBA in decisions sciences. Ige has worked as an electrical engineer and project manager for 34 years, focusing on information technology, telecommunications, networks and responsible public policy. He has served in the Hawaii State Senate since 1994 and previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives. He is currently a program/project manager with Robert A. Ige and Associates, Inc. Ige lives in Aiea with his wife Dawn and their three children, Lauren, Amy and Matthew.
Bruce Rauner was born and raised in Illinois. He graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Returning to Illinois in 1981, Rauner began working at the private equity firm Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR), where he worked for more than 30 years and served as chairman. He is currently chairman of R8 Capital Partners. Rauner is married to Diana Mendley Rauner and is the proud father of six children – two boys and four girls.
Larry Hogan earned a bachelor’s degree in government and political science from Florida State University. He founded Hogan Companies, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, in 1985 and currently serves as president. Hogan served as secretary of appointments in Governor Bob Ehrlich’s administration from 2003 to 2007. In 2011, he founded Change Maryland, a nonpartisan anti-tax organization. Hogan and his wife Yumi reside in Edgewater, Maryland, and have three daughters.
Charlie Baker was raised in Needham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Baker served as secretary of administration and finance under Governor Bill Weld and Governor Paul Cellucci. He is the former chief executive officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and has spent the past three years as an entrepreneur in residence at the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners. Baker and his wife Lauren live in Swampscott and have three children, Charlie, AJ and Caroline.
Pete Ricketts was born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA in marketing and finance. Ricketts worked for his family’s business in Omaha, a company eventually known as Ameritrade, Inc., holding several leadership roles including senior vice president, president and chief operating officer. He is the founder of Drakon, LLC that supports local entrepreneurs and startup companies. He also serves on the TD Ameritrade Board of Directors and is a director for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Ricketts and his wife Susanne have been married for 17 years and live in Omaha with their three children, Roscoe, Margot and Eleanor.
Tom Wolf grew up in York, a small town in central Pennsylvania, where he currently resides. Wolf holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth University, a master’s degree from the University of London and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his studies, he served in the Peace Corps for two years in a small rural village in India. Wolf later served as chief executive officer of his family’s business, a leading supplier of kitchen cabinets and specialty building products. In 2006, he was appointed to serve in Governor Ed Rendell’s cabinet as secretary of revenue. Wolf and his wife Frances were married in 1975 and have two daughters, Sarah and Katie.
Gina Raimondo grew up in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She graduated from Harvard University and Yale Law School and earned a doctorate as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Raimondo clerked for U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood and served as senior vice president of fund development at Village Ventures. She then worked for 10 years as co-founder and general partner of Point Judith Capital and was involved in dozens of successful start-up companies, primarily in the health care industry. In November 2010, Raimondo was elected to serve as general treasurer of Rhode Island. In this role, she implemented comprehensive pension reform and is focused on providing exceptional performance-based results. Raimondo resides in Providence with her husband, Andy Moffit, and two young children, Ceci and Tommy.
Greg Abbott was born in Wichita Falls, and raised in Duncanville, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas with a BBA in finance and received a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Abbott’s career in public service began in Houston, where he served as a state trial judge in the 129th District Court for three years. In 1995, then-Governor George W. Bush appointed Abbott to the Texas Supreme Court, where he served with distinction. He was elected as the 50th attorney general of Texas in 2006 and was reelected in November 2010. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Abbott has made protecting children and families the focus of his administration. Abbott and his wife Cecilia have been married for 32 years. They live in Austin with their daughter, Audrey.
Kenneth Mapp began his career in public service as a police officer in New York and the Virgin Islands. He was elected to three terms as a senator in the Virgin Islands Legislature and later served as assistant director of the Industrial Development Commission and director of the Consumer Services Administration. Mapp served as lieutenant governor from 1995 until 1999. In 2002, he was appointed as director of the Public Finance Authority. Mapp holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.