You’re seeing the ads and hearing the rhetoric. Nov. 6 is shaping up to be one of the most impactful midterm elections in recent history. Before the votes are cast, DBA wants you to get an inside look that few others have. So, we’re bringing two longtime Wisconsin political insiders to our Election Preview Luncheon. Scott Jensen and Chuck Chvala will present their insights, from both sides of the aisle, on the candidate campaigns, voter attitudes and what to expect come Election Day.
Jensen, a Republican, and Chvala, a Democrat, both have been in leadership positions in the state Legislature and understand the importance of rural Wisconsin in statewide elections and which party is in control.
Jensen served for 14 years in the Assembly, including three terms as Assembly speaker. He also served as chief of staff to former governor Tommy Thompson. Jensen played a crucial role in the creation, expansion and defense of Milwaukee’s school choice program and is now a senior strategist for the advancement of school choice on behalf of the nation’s largest school choice organization, the American Federation for Children. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Drake University in 1982 and a master’s in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1984.
Chvala served in the Legislature for 22 years, including 20 years in the Senate. During that time, Chvala served three terms as Senate majority leader and was the Democratic candidate for governor in 1994. As majority leader, he championed Wisconsin’s SeniorCare prescription drug program, reducing class sizes for K-3 students in public schools and the expansion of programs to reduce the achievement gap. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UW-Madison and later a law degree from the same institution in 1978. Chvala is now an attorney, real estate developer and entrepreneur.