Attorney General Schimel Announces Re-Election Bid

Thursday, March 8, 2018 | News Release |

At his Facebook page Thursday morning, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said, "It's official: I'm running for re-election.

"For nearly 30 years I've prosecuted crime in Waukesha County and across Wisconsin. I'm running for re-election to be a tough, fair and independent voice for Wisconsin families. Watch my video and visit to get involved.

Brad D. Schimel was elected Wisconsin Attorney General on November 4, 2014, and inaugurated January 5, 2015.  A frontline prosecutor first elected Waukesha County District Attorney in 2006, Schimel has pledged as Attorney General to put public safety over politics and to continue the fight against heroin, human traffickers, domestic violence and Internet predators.

Attorney General Schimel earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  A graduate of Mukwonago High School, General Schimel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He began his career as a prosecutor in 1990 when he joined the Waukesha County District Attorney’s office.

In the same year, he was elected Waukesha County District Attorney, Schimel was awarded the 2006 Wisconsin Association of Victim and Witness Professionals “Wisconsin Professional of the Year” for his work on behalf of victims of sexual assault.

In 2011, Schimel was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Council, and he was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council, where he also has served in a leadership capacity as the Secretary of Council.  Schimel is a founding member of the Waukesha County Victim Impact Panel for intoxicated drivers, and he has served as President of the Preventing Alcohol-Related Crashes (PARC) Task Force from 2004-2011.

As major accomplishments during his term in office. Schimel lists:

  • Streamlined background checks for gun purchases and expedited concealed carry permits.
  • Led initiatives that support victims of domestic abuse and violent crime, such as Marsy’s Law and the Safe at Home program.
  • Created the Elder Abuse task force to protect seniors from fraud and harm.
  • Launched the Dose of Reality campaign to increase awareness about opioid abuse, a program many other states have modeled directly.
  • Led Drug take Back Days across the state to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs, amassing 17 semi trucks full.
  • Promoted officer wellness to keep the men and women of law enforcement healthy and enabled to do their jobs.

Schimel and his wife, Sandi, have two daughters, a rescue dog and two rescue cats.  In his leisure time, Schimel plays bass in a classic rock band and is a Harley Davidson enthusiast.

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