When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared his candidacy, he arrived on stage in Wukesha, Wisconsin, with his two sons, Matt and Alex,. The two young Walkers' faces may not be familiar to most, but their father mentions them so often that some in Wisconsin have made up a drinking game to sip every time the governor says one of their names in a speech.
The years spent watching their father climb the political ranks have made them poised to play critical roles in his presidential campaign. And as their father tries to find his footing on a national stage, the two have also worked to figure out their roles in this election season.
Walker's oldest son, Matt, has already taken steps into the political world on his own -- he is a chairman of the state college Republicans and spoke at Wisconsin's 2014 Republican convention where he discussed how young voters can get involved and how the party can boost youth engagement. However, the 21-year-old does not see his views as definitive as his fathers, reported the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. He describes where he stands on the Republican spectrum as "somewhere between Chris Christie and Rand Paul," his father's opponents this season.
"I don't think I'm someone who is extremely conservative but I don't consider myself moderate," he told the Journal Sentinel.
He is currently a senior at Marquette University, where his father attended before dropping out. The Marquette student is pursuing a double major in political science and economics and serves in the student government. Given his extracurricular activities, it comes as no surprise that there may be a career in politics down the line for the elder Walker son.
— Matt Walker (@MattWalkerWI) August 6, 2015
"I want to be involved in politics, but I'm not sure how yet. There are many different ways to get involved, and I could see myself in many of those positions. For me, that could mean working with campaigns or working on policy in the future," he said.
His younger brother, Alex, is a junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, Alex is a fraternity member of Alpha Delta Phi, according to his Twitter bio. And just like his brother, he is active in the young Republican community where he is a treasurer of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. The 20-year-old has also held internships with the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
But this summer, the two young Walkers have been relentlessly campaigning for their father. They regularly post to their Twitter and Instagram accounts pledging support to their father's campaign and sharing updates from the campaign trail.
They also have been writing a blog "The Trail" to give supporters a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign. Alex admitedly shared that the campaign trail is not all glamorous.
"Announcement day was fun," Alex wrote in one post. "Waking up at 4:30 AM the next morning… not so much," it reads. "Of course our Dad didn’t mind. As usual, he was ready to go."