During the recall election, Wisconsin became the center of national media attention.
Only three politicians have been recalled in U.S. history, and on June 5th, Governor Walker became the only political figure to survive a recall--winning the election by 53-percent.
In part 2 of Local 5's exclusive interview with the governor, he opens up for the first time about the recall process and reflects upon the decisions he's made during his time in office.
When asked about the national media attention he received during the recall process, he said, "I got a lot of attention here at the Capitol but there were protestors in front of our home in Wauwatosa, They were targeted on Facebook. There were all sorts of awful things."
Plagued by angry protesters, Walker's, wife Tonette, received death threats at work and his 70 year-old mother was harassed at grocery stores.
While he was pushing to lessen collective bargaining rights for teachers, his two sons--Matthew and Alex were attending Wauwatosa East High School.
Walker explains how that experience drew his family closer together. "Our faith and our family ties became stronger than ever," he said.
While protesters stormed the Capitol, Walker turned to his family for support.
Walker said, "No matter how bad of a day it might be no matter how much stress I'm under if I come back and my sons are home, talking to either of them can completely take me away from whatever anxiety or angst I might have about my job."
To bring them closer together, the Walkers would have movie nights--watching some of their all time favorites like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. But keeping morale up at work was a different challenge.
Wisconsin Department of Administration and close friend of Walker's, Mike Huebsch, said Walker never once questioned his political agenda.
"When everyone around you is losing their head you need to keep yours. He absolutely did that. There was never a moment, and I watched and looked for it, there was never a moment where he wavered or he wondered whether or not we were doing the right thing," Huebsch said.
During cabinet meetings, the Governor would quote 80's movies like Caddyshack and Animal House to lighten the mood.
Huebsch said, "100 years ago they used to talk about the classics as Shakespeare and what have you, unquestionably the classics for our generation is John Hughes."
And as for working with Governor Walker, he said, "You have to enjoy what you're doing. And the nice thing is Governor Walker truly enjoys being Governor."
Reflecting back on his two years in office, Walker said he does have some regrets.
"I was so focused on fixing things that I just kind of barged in and fixed things without talking about it. I saw too many politicians talk about things and never fixed them so I tried to do things the other way around," Walker said,
As far as any future political endeavors-- the Governor says he's not thinking about anything but fixing Wisconsin.
"I tell people look at what we're accomplishing. Measure us based on performance. I still think people are going to be very pleased of the progress we make is improving the state both at the state level and local level and I'm looking forward to it," Walker said.