John C. Shabaz

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John Shabaz
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
In office
January 20, 2009 – August 31, 2012
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
In office
1996–2001
Preceded by Barbara Brandriff Crabb
Succeeded by Barbara Brandriff Crabb
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
In office
December 10, 1981 – January 20, 2009
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by James E. Doyle
Succeeded by James D. Peterson
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 83rd district
In office
1964–1981
Personal details
Born (1931-06-25)June 25, 1931
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died August 31, 2012(2012-08-31) (aged 81)
Waunakee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University Law School (LL.B.)
Profession Politician and District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Religion Lutheran

John C. Shabaz (June 25, 1931 - August 31, 2012) was a United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and legislator.[1][2]

Background[edit]

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.[3]

Legislative career[edit]

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.[4]

United States Federal District Court judge[edit]

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.[5] He died on August 31, 2012.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 'Former US District Judge John Shabaz Dies At 81,' Wisconsin State Journal, August 31, 2012
  2. ^ Judge John Shabaz Dies
  3. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980, "Biographical Sketch of John C. Shabaz," p. 77.
  4. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society, Dictionary of Wisconsin History, "John Shabaz."
  5. ^ Marquette University Law School, Judge Shabaz Retires.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James E. Doyle
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
1981–2009
Succeeded by
James D. Peterson