Don Hanaway

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Don Hanaway
40th Wisconsin Attorney General
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by Bronson La Follette
Succeeded by Jim Doyle
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Tom Petri
Succeeded by Robert Cowles
Personal details
Born December 25, 1933
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States
Died September 15, 1995 (aged 62)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jo Ann
Children 4
Profession attorney, judge

Donald J. Hanaway (December 25, 1933 – September 15, 1995) was the Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin from 1987 to 1991. He defeated incumbent Democrat Bronson La Follette in 1986, but was himself defeated for re-election by Democrat Jim Doyle in 1990.[1]

Hanaway was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Commerce in 1958, and received his juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1961. He had previously served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

Before being elected Attorney General, Hanaway served as a Brown County Assistant District Attorney from 1962 to 1964, and later as a special prosecutor in Brown County from 1967 to 1968. He also served concurrently as the De Pere city attorney from 1965 to 1972, and again from 1976 to 1979. In between those stints as city attorney, he served as mayor of De Pere from 1972 to 1974.

Hanaway was elected as a Republican in a special election to the Wisconsin State Senate in July 1979. He was re-elected to the State Senate's 2nd District in 1980, and again in 1984. He served as an assistant minority leader from 1981 to 1982.

In 1986, Hanaway ran for attorney general, defeating incumbent Bronson La Follette. He served one term, being defeated for re-election by Jim Doyle in 1990.[2]

Hanaway went on to serve as a Brown County Circuit Judge from 1991 until his death in 1995. He and his wife, Jo Ann, had four children.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1990 Race for state Attorney General
    • Jim Doyle (D), 51%
    • Don Hanaway (R) (inc.), 47%


Legal offices
Preceded by
Bronson La Follette
Attorney General of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Jim Doyle