Read a breakdown of the major races below:
State Supreme Court
Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson is not running for re-election to the 10-year term. Abrahamson is one of the longest-serving justices in U.S. history and was the first female justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She served as chief justice for much of her time in office.
Two candidates are running to replace her: conservative Brian Hagedorn and liberal Lisa Neubauer. Supreme Court elections are officially non-partisan but have in practice become more partisan over the last decade. Hagedorn has been supported by the Republican Party while Neubauer has received backing from Democrats.
Brian Hagedorn – Hagedorn was first appointed to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in 2015 and was elected to a full term in 2017. He previously served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Walker for five years. Judge Hagedorn has also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, a law clerk for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, and as an attorney in private practice at a top Milwaukee law firm. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he was the President of the Federalist Society.
Lisa Neubauer – Neubauer was first Appointed to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in 2007 and was elected to a full term in 2008. In 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed her as chief judge of the Court of Appeals. Neubauer was employed from 1988 until 2007 at the Milwaukee law firm Foley and Lardner, specializing in environmental cleanup litigation and rising to the level of partner. While at the firm, she chaired the Insurance Dispute Resolution Practice Group and co-chaired the firm’s national recruiting committee. Her husband is a former Chair of the Democrat Party of Wisconsin and has a daughter who is a Democrat State Representative from Racine.
Individual Contribution Limit: $20,000 per candidate
You will likely have numerous local races on your ballot in April from town board, city council, school board, and county board. Be sure to check what’s on your ballot before voting!
More questions on your ballot and how to register? Myvote.wi.gov has all the answers you should need!