MADISON – Governor Scott Walker issued a statement wishing families across Wisconsin a happy Thanksgiving.

Tonette and I are thankful for having our family together this Thanksgiving.

We are thankful that our sons Matt and Alex live and work close to home. And we are thankful to have my mother – as well as my brother and his family close to us too.

While we lost my dad last month, we are thankful to know that he lives on with our Heavenly Father – and that someday we will join them.

Our table will be filled this Thanksgiving with plenty of great memories – as well as an abundance of good food.

We wish the same for you and your family.

The new year will offer many new opportunities to serve.  I am reminded of what Paul said in Philippians 4:6-7:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

It has been an honor to serve the people of Wisconsin as your Governor for the past eight years.  It brings me great joy to see that more people are working than ever before, our schools continue to be some of the best in the country and that our health care ranks in the top tier for quality.

How wonderful it has been to meet people from all over this great state and to see how proud you are of your homes and your communities.  We are Wisconsin Proud.

And for that, I am thankful.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!