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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
  • State superintendent debate gets awkward as incumbent clutches at his opponent’s wrist

    MILWAUKEE — One week before Election Day, things physical between the two candidates for state superintendent during a debate at Marquette University Law School. As incumbent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz attacked each other for alleged corruption in the race, Evers clutched at Holtz’s wrist for a few seconds. “Do you want to hold my hand?” Holtz reacted. “No, but I want to finish talking,” Evers shot back, as the two talked over each other. “I want to finish […]

  • Former Milwaukee police captain will run for Milwaukee County sheriff in 2018

    MILWAUKEE — Earnell Lucas, a former Milwaukee Police captain and current Major League Baseball executive, will run for Milwaukee County sheriff in 2018. “He thinks we can do much better than we are doing today,” said Sachin Chheda, a Milwaukee-based Democratic strategist who is working as an adviser to Lucas. “He will be filing and announcing in the coming weeks.” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s current term expires in 2018. Clarke has not said whether he wants to run for […]

  • Debate heats up over proposed funding increases for K-12 schools

    MILWAUKEE — A group of Wisconsin school boards is raising red flags that Republican lawmakers plan to wipe out proposed funding increases for K-12 schools. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) warns that some Republican lawmakers want to scrap Gov. Scott Walker’s plan — and start over. The statewide school board group says gutting Gov. Walker’s budget “threatens to significantly reduce or even potentially eliminate” the $200 extra per student the governor proposed. “It’s certainly something that we ought […]

  • Wisconsin school districts make 65 requests for taxpayer help on April 4 ballot

    MILWAUKEE — Dozens of Wisconsin school districts are asking voters to give them millions in additional help from taxpayers on the April 4th ballot, with some seeking to plug budget holes and others looking to build new schools or performing arts centers. This year’s 65 statewide requests are worth a combined $707.9 million. Five districts in southeast Wisconsin are holding referendums: Burlington, West Allis, Menomonee Falls, Arrowhead, and Grafton. Dale Knapp, research director for the Madison-based Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, said […]

  • Fox News host calls on Speaker Ryan to resign after President Trump tells fans to watch her show

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hours after President Donald Trump told his 27 million Twitter followers to watch Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show, Pirro started the program by calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to resign. The timeline reignited speculation about Ryan’s future, and comes one day removed from the demise of the Affordable Care Act replacement bill being pushed by President Trump and Ryan. The president’s top aide is calling the Pirro tweet “coincidental.” “My opening statement: Paul Ryan […]

  • Tearful testimony: Mother whose son was killed by drunk driver pushes for harsher OWI laws

    MADISON — Marla Hall, whose son was one of the Milwaukee accountants killed by a wrong-way drunk driver on Interstate 94 last fall, fought through tears to tell Wisconsin lawmakers to strengthen the state’s OWI laws. Hall showed lawmakers during a committee hearing on Thursday, March 23rd that her son Clenton’s wallet and Fitbit is all she got back from the crash scene. “I’ll never be the person I once was,” Hall said. “He was my life and he still is […]

  • “Sweet day for Kenosha Co.:” HARIBO to build 1st North American manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie

    MADISON — A whole bunch of gummy bears are coming to Kenosha County. Governor Scott Walker on Thursday, March 23rd announced HARIBO Gummy Candy, a German-based confectionary company and maker of the popular “GoldBear” gummy candies is set to build a manufacturing facility to Pleasant Prairie, bringing 400 jobs. It’ll be the company’s FIRST North American manufacturing facility. Haribo is one of the largest candy companies in the world. Walker said the facility will cost $242 million. “On behalf of the state, I […]

  • President Trump’s job approval rating stands at 41 percent in Wisconsin as major policy battles loom

    MILWAUKEE — President Donald Trump’s approval rating stands at 41 percent, with 47 percent disapproving of his job performance, according to the first Marquette University Law School Poll released since the November election. President Trump is viewed slightly more favorably by Wisconsin voters now that he’s taken office than he was during the fall campaign, buoyed by stronger support among Republicans. But support for some of his policies — including a health care overhaul, immigration and a border wall — […]

  • Gov. Walker warns of consequences if Republicans fail to pass Obamacare replacement bill

    MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker is pressuring Republicans to go forward with a vote to replace the Affordable Care Act — warning that they’ll face even more protests at town halls if they do not. Walker, who made headlines last week when he refused to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill, now says lawmakers need to pass it. He says two key amendments made in an effort to win enough votes for passage are ones he wanted. “I think there’s no […]

  • Governor Walker says state is still assessing how to help the Jewish Community Center

    WHITEFISH BAY — Nearly two weeks after he pledged state support for the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, Governor Scott Walker said Tuesday, March 21st the state is still assessing how best to provide that help on an ongoing basis. Governor Walker said his office has worked with the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies to ensure law enforcement officers would regularly be on-site at the Whitefish Bay facility. The JCC has been […]

  • Abele says MCTS bus fare cards should be accepted on Milwaukee streetcar

    MILWAUKEE – County Executive Chris Abele said Monday, March 20th that county bus passes should be accepted on the Milwaukee Streetcar but that the county should not be the operator of the rail service. Abele made the comments after County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb pressed the him for the county’s position on the downtown streetcar during a Public Policy Forum discussion on the future of the Milwaukee County Transit System. “MCTS uses the M-Card system, people are familiar with it, […]

  • Abele to keep fighting for $60 Milwaukee County wheel tax regardless of April 4 vote

    MILWAUKEE — County Executive Chris Abele said he would continue to push a $60 wheel tax in Milwaukee even if voters overwhelmingly reject it on the April 4th ballot. Abele said during a forum on Monday, March 20th that the increased vehicle registration fee was necessary to avoid service cuts and steep fare increases aboard Milwaukee County Transit System buses. Both county and independent analysts say the bus system faces a major shortfall in coming years, the result of declining […]