Scott L. Klug
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Scott L. Klug

Scott L. Klug
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district

January 3, 1991 - January 3, 1999
Robert Kastenmeier
Tammy Baldwin
Personal details
Born (1953-01-16) January 16, 1953 (age 68)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican
Professionlobbyist, journalist

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.[1]

Early life, education and career

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,[2] serving as anchor and reporter for various stations in Seattle, Washington, Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.[3]

U.S. Congress

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Klug did not run for re-election in 1998, and his term expired on January 3, 1999.[7] His seat was won by Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

Post-Congressional career

Klug currently serves as director of public affairs for Foley & Lardner, a Wisconsin-based law firm, and represents clients in Washington and various state capitals.[8]

In 2013 he authored The Alliance, a mystery novel about religion and antiquities.[9]

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.[10]

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.

Personal life

Klug is a resident of Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Tess.


  1. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society-Scott Klug
  2. ^ Snider, J. H. (2005). Speak Softly And Carry a Big Stick: How Local TV Broadcasters Exert Political Power. iUniverse. pp. 171-. ISBN 9780595347049. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune, April 10, 1994, retrieved June 12, 2020
  4. ^ "Klug Holds Off Deer for Congressional Seat". The Telegraph-Herald. November 4, 1992.
  5. ^ Ed Carson (December 1996). "Licensed to Drink: A university chancellor backs an underage drinking permit". Reason magazine.
  6. ^ Maraniss, David; Weisskopf, Michael (June 30, 2008). Tell Newt to Shut Up. Simon & Schuster. pp. 179-. ISBN 9781439128886. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ Marilynn Marchionne (August 10, 1998). "Klug Group Buys Travel Magazine". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  8. ^ Foley & Lardner website, retrieved June 12, 2020
  9. ^ anon. (2013). "Alumni Authors". Lawrence. 95 (1): 40.
  10. ^ "Giuliani Abandons Bid, Endorses McCain". CBS News. January 30, 2008.

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