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Walter Wise was born in Virginia in 1951. After living in California for a time, he returned to Virginia where he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg and studied engineering. Mr. Wise was initiated into the Iron Workers in February 1975, and became a journeyman in 1977. In October 1997, he was appointed general organizer by General President Jake West. In February of 1998, he was appointed president of the Mid-Atlantic States District Council. General President Joseph Hunt appointed him general vice president on March 18, 2002, general treasurer on March 1, 2005, and on February 6, 2008, he was appointed general secretary of our International Union.  Walter Wise was appointed general president of our International Union effective February 1, 2011.

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