Walker appoints Schimel to Waukesha County bench

Photo by Michelle Stocker, The Capital Times

Gov. Scott Walker is appointing outgoing AG Brad Schimel to a vacancy on the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

The move comes a day after Schimel formally conceded the AG’s race to Dem rival Josh Kaul, who won by 17,190 votes. Schimel took the weekend to considered whether to seek a recount, but decided against requesting one.

“Brad Schimel has diligently served the State of Wisconsin as attorney general and the citizens of Waukesha County as district attorney,” Walker said. “Schimel has shown a commitment to the rule of law and the State of Wisconsin. He will continue to faithfully serve our state as Waukesha County Circuit Court judge.”

Schimel was elected Waukesha County DA in 2006 and served in that post until he won the AG’s office in 2014.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Haughney, whose departure was effective Nov. 6.

The guv’s office said Schimel’s start date was still being determined.

See more in today’s PM Update.

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