About the Governor


Image of Governor Tony Evers  ​

​​​​Governor Tony Evers​​

On November 6, 2018, the people of Wisconsin voted Tony Evers (pronounced ee-vers, rhymes with teachers) the 46th governor of Wisconsin. Four years later, on November 8, 2022, Wisconsinites re-elected Tony Evers as governor.

Prior to his election in 2018, Governor Evers served as the Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, winning statewide elections in 2009, 2013, and 2017.

With over three decades of public education experience, Governor Evers has spent most of his life fighting for Wisconsin’s kids. He began his career in education first as a science teacher in Baraboo before going on to serve families, students, and communities across the state, including in Tomah, Oakfield, Verona, and Oshkosh.

As governor, Governor Evers has continued his work championing public education at every level and advocating for investing in the state’s public education system, believing, as he often says, that doing "what's best for our kids is what’s best for our state.”

Governor Evers and the Evers administration have accomplished a great deal since taking office in 2019. From historic investments in education to supporting farmers and small businesses, signing one of the largest tax cuts in state history, advocating for access to clean and safe drinking water, reducing stigma for mental and behavioral health, expanding access to affordable healthcare, housing, and child care, and preparing our state for the 21st Century by expanding high-speed, affordable internet and fixing our roads and infrastructure, Governor Evers leads by always trying to do the right thing for Wisconsin. ​

Born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Governor Evers graduated from Plymouth High School and earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, also a former educator. Governor Evers and Kathy are parents of three adult children, all public school graduates, and have nine grandchildren.


Image of First Lady Kathy Evers​  ​

​​​​First Lady Kathy Evers​

​First Lady Kathy Evers was born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin and met her future husband  - Governor Tony Evers - in kindergarten. They had their first date at the junior prom and have been married for more than 40 years.

Kathy graduated from Plymouth High School and later received an associate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac. In a career spanning more than three decades, Kathy held IT management positions with private companies and provided computer software training and hardware technical support in Wisconsin public school districts, technical colleges, and in the private sector. She and the Governor lived and worked in various communities throughout Wisconsin including Tomah, Oakfield, Verona, Oshkosh, and Madison. She and the Governor have three adult children, all public-school graduates, and nine grandchildren.

Initiatives as First Lady:

Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health: Along with work in a variety of policy areas as Wisconsin's First Lady, Kathy has undertaken two main initiatives. Focusing on the needs of Wisconsin children, their families and their caretakers, she has partnered with Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH), the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Public Instruction to promote and enhance social and emotional learning efforts in Wisconsin. Expanding on that work throughout the pandemic, the First Lady has worked with OCMH to provide additional tools and strategies to children and their families to promote mental health and emotional well-being.

Dementia: Because of her special interest in working for people with dementia and their caregivers, Kathy and the entire staff at the Governor's residence, along with many of residence volunteer docents received dementia friendly training, and the residence is now - for the first time – officially designated a dementia-friendly site. She and the Governor have met with the leadership of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center to discuss Wisconsin's preeminent research and service delivery methods, and together they are working in a variety of ways to enhance dementia-friendly efforts, research, and supports for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

Other activities and interests: Last year, Kathy chaired the 19th Amendment Celebration committee to celebrate 100 years of votes for women and Wisconsin's role in the suffrage movement. This year, through her work as the chair of Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation, she is heading the celebration of another centennial – the 100th anniversary of groundbreaking of the Executive Residence.  In her spare time, Kathy is an avid pickleball player.

Public Tours at the Executive Residence

Wisconsin Executive Residence tour participants will have the opportunity to see and learn about the history, works of art, furniture, and décor of the Executive Residence, which serves as the official residence of the First Family, Governor Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers. During Executive Residence tours, trained docents provide a guided tour of the interior of the home. Many of the docents have served with numerous first families and have extensive knowledge of the home which makes for a very educational and fun experience.  

Tour Details and Reservation Information

Reservations are required for tour participation; tour spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register for a tour of the Wisconsin Executive Residence by clicking the link below. All guests must be pre-registered and those over 18 years of age must bring a photo ID matching the name on the reservation. Children under 18 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

You are welcome to bring your cameras and phones! We do allow photos both inside and outside the residence. Guests may also bring a small bag and sealed beverages. Please do not eat or drink anything other than water while inside the residence. Large personal bags or backpacks are not allowed. Please note that all items are subject to search by security.

Please call (608) 246-5501 if you or your group needs any special accommodations. Each tour is limited to 12 people. If you have a group larger than 12, please call (608) 246-5501 or e-mail charlene.malueg@wisconsin.gov to discuss availability. To change or cancel your reservation, please call (608) 246-5501 or e-mail charlene.malueg@wisconsin.gov.

COVID-19 Protocols 

Mask requirements are subject to change based on COVID-19 case numbers and local public health guidance.  

Parking and Security  

Street parking is available on Cambridge Rd. as well as Lakewood Blvd. Parking is not available on the residence grounds. 

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. As noted above, all items are subject to search by security. You will be greeted at the North gate, on Cambridge Rd. closest to Lakewood Blvd., by a security officer. You will walk approximately 60 yards from the North gate to the entrance of the residence.

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