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Walker named to Time magazine's 100 most influential list

Scott Walker

Time magazine today named Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“I am certainly humbled by this honor,” said Walker in a press release. “But being named to this list is not about me, this is about our bold reforms and what they have accomplished.

“Together, we turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a nearly $1 billion surplus, cut taxes by $2 billion and helped the private sector create more than 100,000 jobs and nearly 17,000 new businesses. We are turning things around, and we are moving Wisconsin forward."

The Time 100 list is in its 11th year and recognizes activism, innovation and achievement. The list includes various leaders, entertainers, athletes and religious icons.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- who, like Walker, is a possible Republican presidential candidate for 2016 -- wrote a flattering profile of the Wisconsin governor.

Christie said Walker brought "fairness to the taxpayers through common-sense reform" -- while it also brought him "scorn from the special interests and a recall election." Christie was referring to Walker's landmark Act 10, which virtually eliminated collective bargaining for most public union employees.

The profile's headline calls Walker "the Heartland's Republican hopeful." Walker is pictured sitting on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a business suit in front of the State Capitol. He's the only Wisconsinite on Time's list.

The full list appears in the May 5 issue of Time and is now at