Meet The 2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates

Jan 6, 2020

Updated Feb. 20 at 11:12 a.m. CT

This spring, Wisconsin voters will decide which candidate will earn a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly faces a challenge from Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky.

Although the office is non-partisan, the court currently has a 5-2 conservative majority. Kelly is supported by conservatives. Liberals have endorsed Karofsky.

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The general election is on April 7, which is the same day as Wisconsin’s presidential primary. Before you head to the polls, here's a look at the candidates — in alphabetical order — in the 2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

Jill Karofsky

Jill Karofsky is a Dane County Circuit Court judge.  She has also been a state prosecutor and the executive director of the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services.

Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky believes her experience as a trial court judge is a top reason people should vote for her.
Credit Courtesy of Jill Karofsky

"My judicial philosophy is that every single person in my courtroom should be treated with dignity and respect and fairness, that the rule of law has to be followed in every case, whether or not I personally agree with that,” she explains.

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Karofsky went to law school at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Learn more about her here.

Daniel Kelly

Incumbent Daniel Kelly was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2016 by former republican Gov. Scott Walker. Before that, he spent about 20 years representing clients on a variety of legal issues.

“I think it’s critical that we have jurists on the Supreme Court who are committed to applying the law as it exists, not the law as we might wish it to be, but as it’s actually created and maintained by the people of Wisconsin and their legislators,” Kelly says.

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2016. He believes people should vote for him because of the way he understands the rule of the court.
Credit Courtesy of Daniel Kelly

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He went to Regent University School of Law.

Learn more about Kelly here.

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