Conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly announced his bid to secure his first full ten-year term to the court next Spring. Kelly was first appointed to the court in 2016 by then-Governor Scott Walker (R). Prior to joining the court, he graduated from the Regent University School of Law and was a founding partner of Rogahn Kelly LLC. Before starting the firm, Kelly was a shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. in Milwaukee. Kelly is a member of The Federalist Society, The Wisconsin State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, and The President's Council of Carroll University. He has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Wisconsin Supreme Court
Two other candidates have announced to run against him with backing from the Democrat Party of Wisconsin. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone.
All three will compete in the February primary with the top two moving on to the general election in April. More candidates are certainly possible as the campaign goes on.
Justice-elect Brian Hagedorn defeated Lisa Neubauer in last April’s Supreme Court race. Once he is sworn in this summer, conservatives will hold a 5-2 majority on the court.