Patience D. Roggensack
|24th Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court|
|Assumed office |
April 29, 2015
|Preceded by||Shirley Abrahamson|
|Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court|
|Assumed office |
August 1, 2003
|Preceded by||William A. Bablitch|
|Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for the 4th district|
August 1, 1996 – July 31, 2003
|Preceded by||Paul C. Gartzke|
|Succeeded by||Paul B. Higginbotham|
|Born||July 7, 1940|
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Drake University (BA)|
University of Wisconsin,
Patience Drake "Pat" Roggensack (born July 7, 1940) is the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 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.
Early life and career
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
She was elected to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in 1996, narrowly defeating Milwaukee attorney Erica Eisinger in the spring general election. Roggensack served on the Court of Appeals District IV, which was composed of most of central and southwestern Wisconsin. She served for seven years in this role, earning re-election in 2002 without opposition.
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. 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.
Personal life and family
Wisconsin Appeals Court
|Independent||Patience Roggensack (incumbent)||134,900||99.35%|
Wisconsin Supreme Court
|Independent||Edward R. Brunner||89,494||32.17%|
|Independent||Paul B. Higginbotham||77,584||27.89%|
|Independent||Edward R. Brunner||390,215||48.73%|
|Independent||Patience Roggensack (incumbent)||231,822||63.74%|
|Independent||Patience Roggensack (incumbent)||491,261||57.48%|
- Patience D. Roggensack, Wisconsin Historical Society
- Patience Roggensack, Wisconsin Supreme Court
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- Patrick Marley. "State high court quickly ousts Shirley Abrahamson as chief justice". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 29, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Rob Schultz. "Judge denies Shirley Abrahamson's bid to be immediately reinstated as chief justice". Wisconsin State Journal.
- Marie Rohde - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Mother, daughter judges a first for Wisconsin". jsonline.com.
- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. "Elections in Wisconsin". State of Wisconsin 2003-2004 Blue Book (Report). State of Wisconsin. p. 891. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
- Canvass Results for 2013 Spring Election (PDF) (Report). State of Wisconsin. April 2, 2013. p. 1. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
William A. Bablitch
| Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
| Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court|