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Theo Keith is the political reporter for FOX6 News. He covers election campaigns, the Wisconsin Legislature, and local politics.

Theo has extensively covered the leaders of both houses of Congress — Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has covered two presidential candidates and four U.S. Senate races.

He previously covered the fallout from Act 10 as a reporter at WISC-TV in Madison from 2011-2013. Theo followed the historic recall of Gov. Scott Walker, Ryan’s bid for the vice presidency, and several other controversial pieces of legislation at the state Capitol.

Sandwiched between his work in Wisconsin, Theo was the political reporter for WAVE-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. He followed Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign and Sen. McConnell’s ascent to majority leader. He investigated corruption at local governments, leading to multiple changes.

Theo is a proud defender of open records and open meetings laws, and believes in holding elected officials accountable.

Theo is from Saginaw, Michigan, and is a big fan of the Michigan State Spartans — though he graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and political science. In his free time, you’ll find him on the golf course looking for his long-lost putting stroke, or in the kitchen trying a new recipe.

Recent Articles
  • “Significant issues” found in audit of county pension system to be released Wednesday

    MILWAUKEE — A much-anticipated audit of Milwaukee County’s beleaguered retirement system will be made public Wednesday morning, June 28th. The audit found “significant issues” in the pension system, according to a letter sent to county retirees by the head of the county’s pension system Tuesday and forwarded to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. County officials ordered the audit in the wake of shocking overpayments to pensioners that were made public earlier this year. Baker Tilly was hired to conduct […]

  • Facing opposition from Sen. Ron Johnson and others, Senate GOP delays health care vote

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Republicans have abandoned plans to vote on a health care bill this week, a move forced by opposition from Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and several other Republicans from the moderate and conservative flanks of the party. “Legislation of this complexity almost always takes longer than anybody else would hope,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, “but we’re going to press on.” The task of completing a seven-year-mission and replacing the Affordable Care Act doesn’t […]

  • Search for Kansasville woman: Husband suspects she is “hiding from being ashamed”

    KANSASVILLE — The search is ongoing for 59-year-old Lynn Rickard, a woman who may be suffering from mental illness — who requires oxygen, and authorities said they won’t give up until they find her. Officials with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office said Rickard left her home on Sunday, June 25th on foot, headed in an unknown direction, possibly wearing black and white pajamas. Sheriff’s officials said Monday, June 26th an extensive search is ongoing, and they are “utilizing all available […]

  • Sen. Ron Johnson becomes fourth GOP senator to say he’ll vote against motion to proceed on health bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson will vote against a motion to proceed on the Senate health care bill if GOP leaders insist on moving forward with it this week, CNN reports. Johnson was the fourth Republican senator to announce his opposition to the key procedural motion on Monday, June 26th, meaning the bill will likely not be voted on this week. The others are: Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Senate […]

  • Sen. Ron Johnson: “No way” the U.S. Senate should vote on health care bill this week

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the U.S. Senate should not vote this week on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate leaders want to hold a vote this week, but pressure is mounting from both outside and inside the GOP conference. Five senators, including conservatives like Johnson and moderate U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, have said they oppose the bill in its current form. “There’s no way we should be voting on this […]

  • 4 GOP senators including Ron Johnson not ready to support health care bill, jeopardizing passage

    MILWAUKEE — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is among four Republican senators who say they’re not ready to vote for the Affordable Care Act replacement bill being pushed by GOP leaders, putting the plan in jeopardy. Johnson’s group of four is critical to Republicans’ chances of accomplishing a seven-year-long mission of replacing the law known as Obamacare. With Democrats — including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin — in lockstep against the bill, Republicans can afford only two defectors. […]

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield pulls out of Wisconsin health care exchange

    MADISON — Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is pulling out of the Affordable Care Act individual marketplace in Wisconsin, impacting thousands of people in the state. “The Wisconsin individual market remains volatile, making planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance,” Anthem said in a statement announcing the move on Wednesday, June 21st. The decision impacts about 14,000 […]

  • Student hecklers would face expulsion under bill advancing in Wisconsin Assembly

    MADISON– Students who heckle speakers on college campuses could be expelled under a bill expected to pass the state Assembly late Wednesday, June 21st. The Republican-backed bill comes in the wake of college students shouting down conservative speakers Ann Coulter and Charles Murray in other states. Republicans in Wisconsin say conservative voices are being drowned out on campuses. “Somehow young people — and frankly some of the administrators — have taken the position that some speech doesn’t have the right to […]

  • Latest Democratic challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan: “Let’s trade places”

    MILWAUKEE — House Speaker Paul Ryan faces 2018 election challenges from Democrats who complain he’s too closely aligned with President Donald Trump and from a Republican who says Ryan isn’t helping the president enough. Democrat and union iron worker Randy Bryce, who goes by the Twitter handle “Iron Stache” in reference to his job and his mustache, is the latest candidate to announce plans to run. “Let’s trade places. Paul Ryan, you come work with the iron, and I’ll go […]

  • Supreme Court to hear WI redistricting case that could reshape U.S. political map

    MILWAUKEE — The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear arguments on both sides of Wisconsin’s partisan redistricting lawsuit, ultimately settling whether the Republican-drawn maps are unconstitutional. The high court also announced Monday that it had granted a stay of a lower court ruling that had required the GOP-controlled Legislature to redraw Assembly and Senate districts by this November. That means it’s likely that the current maps, under which Republicans won seats in 2012, 2014 and 2016 […]

  • Sheriff David Clarke calls County Exec. Chris Abele a “little mouse” after Abele urges resignation

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is calling County Executive Chris Abele a “little mouse” after Abele called on the sheriff to resign his position. “Abele is pissed I will be Sheriff until January 2019 at a minimum. That’s a long time,” Clarke said in an email from his spokeswoman, Fran McLaughlin, in reference to when his current term is up. “He couldn’t beat me at the ballot box in 2013 after spending $263,000 of his personal wealth trying […]

  • “Keep jobs in America:” Pres. Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships alongside Gov. Walker

    MILWAUKEE — With Governor Scott Walker at his side, President Donald Trump signed an executive order changing the rules of apprenticeships Thursday, June 15th. With the stroke of his pen, President Trump aims to fill some of the six million jobs in the United States. His executive order shifts more taxpayer money into apprenticeships, allowing people to learn while they earn a paycheck. Companies would have more power to design their own apprenticeships without strict government standards. “We want to […]