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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
  • Angered over proposal’s veto, aldermen threaten “no confidence” vote against Chief Flynn

    MILWAUKEE — Frustrated by crime and cuts to sworn strength, Milwaukee aldermen said Thursday, October 19th their feud with Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn isn’t over, even if they can’t get the power to fire him. Aldermen said they’re angry that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett vetoed a resolution that would’ve given the Milwaukee Common Council the power to fire the police and fire chiefs (with state approval). They want to override the veto, and are threatening a vote of no […]

  • “More to be done:” Gov. Walker running for third term, releases campaign video

    MADISON — Governor Scott Walker is running for a third term. The governor made it official Wednesday, October 18th, with the Friends of Scott Walker releasing a campaign video ahead of a planned November 5th kickoff event. “I love traveling the state and hearing how the things we’re doing are helping but there’s more to be done,” says Walker in the campaign video. In the video, Walker promotes his incentives deal with Taiwanese elctronics company Foxconn, increases in K-12 school […]

  • “Get it right:” Wisconsin board delays vote on Foxconn incentives until at least November

    MADISON — A delay in finalizing the contract with Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics company that plans to build a television screen plant in Mount Pleasant, is getting longer. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s board put off a decision on the $3 billion incentives package until at least November 8th. The vote is required before Foxconn starts building its plant, where it plans to make screens for its Sharp TV brand. The board met in closed session on Tuesday, October 8th, […]

  • “Not the answer:” Speaker Ryan backs Pres. Trump on ending health care subsidies

    MADISON — House Speaker Paul Ryan says Congress shouldn’t add back the Affordable Care Act subsidies that President Donald Trump is cutting. Instead, Ryan said Congress needs to replace the law known as Obamacare, which it has failed to do. In Madison Monday, October 16th, Ryan talked to business people about his plans to change the tax code. While Speaker Ryan was optimistic on taxes, the to-do list for Congress is long, and it’s only growing. After a speech to […]

  • Gloves come off in GOP U.S. Senate primary: Vukmir says Nicholson isn’t ready for Congress

    MILWAUKEE –The Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the closely watched 2018 race have begun trading blows — with each other. State Sen. Leah Vukmir said her GOP opponent, Marine veteran and onetime Democrat Kevin Nicholson, ought to run for a lower office first. Nicholson’s allies responded by criticizing Vukmir, a 15-year veteran of the state Legislature, as acting “entitled.” It started at a Republican Party event in Manitowoc on October 9th, when an audience member asked […]

  • Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt says he eliminated the county’s equine unit, some security patrols

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt says he has cut the county’s equine patrol unit and is ending some security patrols that started under the controversial former sheriff, David Clarke. Schmidt made the decisions public during a Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors committee meeting. He was detailing cost-cutting measures he’s implemented in the past six weeks since taking over when Clarke resigned at the end of August. Schmidt said he cut the county’s equestrian unit because “we don’t […]

  • “Take it now:” Democratic candidates for governor clash with Walker over Medicaid expansion

    MADISON — On the same stage for the first time Monday, October 9th, all of Gov. Scott Walker’s Democratic challengers said they would seek to reverse a major Walker decision and expand the state-run health care program for the poor. Not only did the Democratic candidates say they’d take the federal money, two of them said any Wisconsinite should be able to buy health insurance through the program, called Badgercare. Walker said his challengers’ proposals would take the state backward, […]

  • U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson defends FEMA after Puerto Rico visit, says electrical grid repairs are “No. 1 priority”

    MILWAUKEE — U.S. Senator Ron Johnson is defending the federal government’s response in Puerto Rico after visiting the hurricane-ravaged island over the weekend, but warns of a crisis if the electrical grid isn’t repaired. Johnson was part of a 10-member delegation of Republicans and Democrats who spend Saturday, October 7th in the U.S. territory assessing the damage after Hurricane Maria ripped through in late September. The lawmakers got briefings from Federal Emergency Management Administration officials and local elected leaders. Only […]

  • Milwaukee streetcar to be named “The Hop” under deal with Potawatomi, free rides for a year

    MILWAUKEE — The downtown streetcar will be called The Hop presented by Potawatomi Hotel and Casino under a naming rights deal that city officials announced Friday, October 6th, and rides will be free for the first year. Under the sponsorship agreement, Forest County Potawatomi will pay $10 million over 12 years, Mayor Tom Barrett said. It marked a needed jolt for the streetcar, which has faced withering criticism recently because of its expected operating costs. “Be in the city, come […]

  • After abuse allegations, Wisconsin Democrats will donate Harvey Weinstein’s 2010 contribution to charity

    MILWAUKEE — The Democratic Party of Wisconsin says it will donate a $5,000 contribution made by movie executive Harvey Weinstein in 2010 to in-state groups that help women who are survivors of sexual harassment and abuse. Weinstein apologized this week after The New York Times uncovered decades of sexual harassment and abuse allegations women made against him by various women. Weinstein made the donation on Oct. 19, 2010, less than a month before that year’s election, campaign finance records indicate. […]

  • Foxconn plant to be built in Mount Pleasant, local officials offer $764 million incentives package

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Foxconn representatives said on Wednesday morning, October 4th that the company will build its $10 billion flat-panel TV plant in the Village of Mount Pleasant, ending weeks of speculation about the exact location. Mount Pleasant and Racine County have signed purchase options with property owners for 90 percent of the land needed for the massive industrial campus, and local officials are not ruling out the use of eminent domain to force out those who don’t want to […]

  • U.S. Supreme Court appears divided on Wisconsin redistricting case with far-reaching implications

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared divided on Tuesday, October 3rd over Wisconsin’s redistricting case, creating drama before a likely 2018 ruling that will affect Wisconsin politics for years to come. Justices will have to decide if Wisconsin Republicans went too far in drawing legislative district maps to their advantage in 2011. A lower court ruled last year that GOP lawmakers violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters by packing them into certain districts, turning other competitive districts into […]