Brad Schimel

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Brad Schimel
44th Attorney General of Wisconsin
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Governor Scott Walker
Preceded by J. B. Van Hollen
Personal details
Born (1965-02-18) February 18, 1965 (age 57)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sandi Schimel
Children 2
Alma mater University of Wisconsin,

University of Wisconsin Law School
Website Campaign website
Government website

Brad Schimel (born February 18, 1965) is an American prosecutor and the current Wisconsin Attorney General, serving since January 5, 2015. The former District Attorney of Waukesha County, Wisconsin and a Republican, Schimel was elected Attorney General on November 4, 2014 and took office on January 5, 2015, succeeding fellow Republican J.B. Van Hollen.


Schimel earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Wisconsin Law School (1990) and is a graduate of Mukwonago High School and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1987). He began his career as a prosecutor in 1990 when he joined the Waukesha County District Attorney’s office. In, 2006 Schimel was elected Waukesha County District Attorney.

In 2011, Brad was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Council, and in that same year he was appointed to the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council. He currently serves in a leadership capacity as the Secretary. He is a Founding Member of the Waukesha County Victim Impact Panel for intoxicated drivers and President of the Preventing Alcohol-Related Crashes (PARC) Task Force, 2004-2011.

Schimel is an instructor in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Department at Waukesha County Technical College and is a former adjunct instructor at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Attorney General of Wisconsin

On October 7, 2013, J.B. Van Hollen announced he would not seek reelection in 2014 for a third term as state attorney general.[1] Van Hollen endorsed Schimel to be his replacement.[2]

On the November 4, 2014 general election, Schimel defeated opponent Susan Happ. Schimel has said his priorities are upholding the Constitution, stopping heroin use, fighting internet crimes against children and putting an end to violence against women.[3]

Electoral history

Wisconsin Attorney General Election 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Schimel 1,169,547 54
Democratic Susan Happ 983,390 46


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