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Scott L. Klug (born January 16, 1953) is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district.[1] Klug was elected to the 102nd Congress in 1990, defeating incumbent Robert Kastenmeier, and served from January 3, 1991 until January 3, 1999, the end of the 105th Congress.

Scott L. Klug
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byRobert Kastenmeier
Succeeded byTammy Baldwin
Personal details
Born (1953-01-16) January 16, 1953 (age 66)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Tess Klug
Professionjournalist, businessman


Early life, education, and careerEdit

Klug was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After being educated at a private Jesuit school (Marquette University High School), he attended Lawrence University from which he graduated with a B.A. in 1975. Klug received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1976. He later received an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1990. Klug was a television journalist,[2] serving as anchor and reporter for various stations in Seattle, Washington, Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.. He also became the president of a small investment firm.

U.S. CongressEdit

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Klug did not run for re-election in 1998, and his term expired in January 1999.[6] His seat was won by Democrat Tammy Baldwin. As of 2018, Klug is the latest straight person to represent Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district.

Post-Congressional careerEdit

In August 1998, Klug, as head of Barking Sands Media, purchased Wisconsin Trails, a travel magazine.[6] 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.

In August 2007 it was announced that Klug would be co-chairing 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.[7]

In 2013 he authored The Alliance, a mystery novel about religion and antiquities.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

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 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Klug Holds Off Deer for Congressional Seat". The Telegraph-Herald. November 4, 1992.
  4. ^ Ed Carson (December 1996). "Licensed to Drink: A university chancellor backs an underage drinking permit". Reason magazine.
  5. ^ Maraniss, David; Weisskopf, Michael (2008-06-30). Tell Newt to Shut Up. Simon & Schuster. pp. 179–. ISBN 9781439128886. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b Marilynn Marchionne (August 10, 1998). "Klug Group Buys Travel Magazine". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  7. ^ "Giuliani Abandons Bid, Endorses McCain". CBS News. 2008-01-30.
  8. ^ anon. (2013). "Alumni Authors". Lawrence. 95 (1): 40.

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