Scott L. Klug
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
January 3, 1991 - January 3, 1999
|Born||January 16, 1953|
Scott L. Klug (born January 16, 1953) is an American lobbyist, author, former politician and former television reporter. From 1991-1999 he was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district.
Klug grew up in West Allis and Wauwatosa, both Milwaukee-area suburbs. He attended all-male Marquette University High School, and then Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history in 1975. The following year he received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He later received an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. For 14 years, Klug was a television journalist, serving as anchor and reporter for various stations in Seattle, Washington, Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.
Klug was first elected to the 102nd Congress in 1990, defeating incumbent Robert Kastenmeier, with 53% of the vote. He won re-election in 1992 with 63% of the vote, in 1994 with 69% of the vote, and in 1996 with 57% of the vote.
While in office, Klug was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In his first term, he gained national attention as one of the members of the Republican Gang of Seven. He also opposed the George H.W. Bush administration by supporting abortion rights and family leave.
While in Congress, Klug opposed the federal drinking age, saying alcohol regulation should be a matter left to individual states, and advocated the revocation of the 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act.
At the urging of Republican leadership under Newt Gingrich, Klug presented a resolution stating that the House would not support continuing resolutions to keep government funding; this led to the United States federal government shutdown of 1995 and 1996.
In 2013 he authored The Alliance, a mystery novel about religion and antiquities.
In 2007 Klug co-chaired Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign in Wisconsin along with former U.S. Sen. Bob Kasten and former State Sen. Cathy Stepp. On January 30, 2008 Giuliani dropped out of the race.
In August 1998, Klug, as head of Barking Sands Media, purchased Wisconsin Trails, a travel magazine. He was the CEO of Trails Media Group, based in Black Earth, Wisconsin, until 2007 when the company was sold to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Klug is a resident of Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Tess.