New Vacancy on State Supreme Court

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David T. Prosser Jr. has announced he will retire from the highest court in Wisconsin later this summer with four years left in his term.

In his letter of resignation Justice Prosser said, “Public service was the career I chose at an early age. The goal has been fulfilled… For me, the time has come to step down, pass the torch, and begin a new chapter in my life.”

Gov. Scott Walker will accept applications for an appointment to fill the seat through mid-May, and the appointee will hold the seat until elections are held in April 2020.

Justice Prosser was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1998 by Gov. Tommy Thompson and then won reelection in 2001 and 2011. Prior to serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Justice Prosser was an appointee during the Thompson administration. He also served in the Assembly from 1979 to 1997 and spent two years as speaker.

Since the application process for the appointment was announced, the following have reported their intention to apply for the appointment:

Judge Mark Gundrum previously served as circuit court judge for Waukesha County before being appointed to his current positon to the District 2 Court of Appeals in 2011. Gundrum also served in the Wisconsin State Assembly as a Republican.

Judge Randy Koschnick currently serves on the Jefferson County Circuit Court. He has been a judge in Wisconsin for 17 years. He ran for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2009 and lost to Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Judge Jim Troupis was appointed by Gov. Walker to the Dane County Circuit Court in May 2015. Judge Troupis also served as Justice Prosser’s legal counsel during the 2011 election recount.