Patience D. Roggensack

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Pat Roggensack
24th Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Assumed office
April 29, 2015
Preceded byShirley Abrahamson
Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Assumed office
August 1, 2003
Preceded byWilliam A. Bablitch
Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for the 4th district
In office
August 1, 1996 – July 31, 2003
Preceded byPaul C. Gartzke
Succeeded byPaul B. Higginbotham
Personal details
Born (1940-07-07) July 7, 1940 (age 79)
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)George Roggensack
Children3
EducationDrake University (BA)
University of Wisconsin,
Madison
(JD)

Patience Drake "Pat" Roggensack (born July 7, 1940) is the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.[1] She was elected to the Supreme Court in 2003 and was re-elected in 2013. She became Chief Justice in 2015. Her current term on the court expires July 31, 2023.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Roggensack was born in Joliet, Illinois. She graduated from Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Illinois; she then received her bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1962, and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1980. Roggensack then practiced law in Madison, Wisconsin. Roggensack practiced law for 16 years, including at the DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. firm in Madison, Wisconsin.

Judge, Justice, and Chief Justice[edit]

She was elected to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in 1996, narrowly defeating Milwaukee attorney Erica Eisinger in the spring general election.[3] Roggensack served on the Court of Appeals District IV, which was composed of most of central and southwestern Wisconsin.[4] She served for seven years in this role, earning re-election in 2002 without opposition.[5]

Roggensack was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2003, defeating Barron County Circuit Court Judge Edward R. Brunner.

Roggensack was elected Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by her peers on April 29, 2015, following the certification of votes from the April 2015 election. Voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that changed the way the chief justice of the Supreme Court was selected. Previously the justice with the most seniority held the position, but the amendment allowed court members to choose the chief justice.

Following the justices' election of Roggensack as chief justice, former Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit challenging the implementation of the constitutional amendment, which was heard on May 15, 2015. Five of the seven justices asked the federal judge to dismiss Abrahamson’s lawsuit.[6] On May 15, 2015 the federal court denied Abrahamson's request for immediate reinstatement as Chief Justice. U.S. District Judge James Peterson determined there was no harm in Roggensack serving as chief justice while Abrahamson's lawsuit continued.[7]

Personal life and family[edit]

Roggensack's daughter, Ellen Brostrom, serves as a circuit court judge in Milwaukee County.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

Wisconsin Appeals Court[edit]

Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV Election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Patience Roggensack 112,826 50.55%
Independent Erica Eisinger 110,376 49.45%
Total votes 223,202 100.0%
Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Patience Roggensack (incumbent) 134,900 99.35%
Write-ins 883 0.65%
Total votes 135,783 100.0%

Wisconsin Supreme Court[edit]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election, 2003[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election
Independent Patience Roggensack 109,501 39.36%
Independent Edward R. Brunner 89,494 32.17%
Independent Paul B. Higginbotham 77,584 27.89%
Write-ins 1,604 0.58%
Total votes 278,183 100.0%
General Election
Independent Patience Roggensack 409,422 51.13%
Independent Edward R. Brunner 390,215 48.73%
Write-ins 1,148 0.14%
Total votes 800,785 100.0%
Wisconsin Supreme Court Election, 2013[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Primary Election
Independent Patience Roggensack (incumbent) 231,822 63.74%
Independent Edward Fallone 108,490 29.83%
Independent Vince Megna 22,391 6.16%
Write-ins 972 0.27%
Total votes 363,675 100.0%
General Election
Independent Patience Roggensack (incumbent) 491,261 57.48%
Independent Edward Fallone 362,969 42.47%
Write-ins 485 0.06%
Total votes 854,715 100.0%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Patience D. Roggensack, Wisconsin Historical Society
  2. ^ Patience Roggensack, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  3. ^ "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 1997-1998 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. p. 872. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "The judicial branch". State of Wisconsin 1997-1998 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. p. 554. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 2003-2004 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. p. 893. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Patrick Marley. "State high court quickly ousts Shirley Abrahamson as chief justice". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 29, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Rob Schultz. "Judge denies Shirley Abrahamson's bid to be immediately reinstated as chief justice". Wisconsin State Journal.
  8. ^ Marie Rohde - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Mother, daughter judges a first for Wisconsin". jsonline.com.
  9. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 2003-2004 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. p. 891. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Canvass Results for 2013 Spring Election (PDF) (Report). State of Wisconsin. April 2, 2013. p. 1. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
Legal offices
Preceded by
William A. Bablitch
Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Shirley Abrahamson
Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
2015–present