John C. Shabaz
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 83rd district
June 25, 1931|
|Died||August 31, 2012
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University Law School (LL.B.)|
|Profession||Politician and United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin judge|
Shabaz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin (now University of Wisconsin–Madison) as an undergraduate. He received an LL.B. from Marquette University Law School in 1957. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He was in private practice in West Allis, Wisconsin from 1957 to 1981.
Legislative career 
From 1964 to 1981, Shabaz served as a Republican state representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly, from the 83rd Assembly District, representing the Waukesha and New Berlin areas. He was the minority leader from 1973 to 1979 and served as Assistant Majority Leader in 1969.
United States Federal District Court judge 
On November 4, 1981, Shabaz was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin vacated by James Edward Doyle. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 9, 1981, and received his commission on December 10, 1981. He served as chief judge from 1996 to 2001.
In 2009, Shabaz assumed senior judge status. He died on August 31, 2012.
- 'Former US District Judge John Shabaz Dies At 81,' Wisconsin State Journal, August 31, 2012
- Judge John Shabaz Dies
- Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980, "Biographical Sketch of John C. Shabaz," p. 77.
- Wisconsin Historical Society, Dictionary of Wisconsin History, "John Shabaz."
- Marquette University Law School, Judge Shabaz Retires.
- John C. Shabaz at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.