Brad Schimel Information
|Judge of the Waukesha County Circuit Court for Branch 6|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Patrick Haughney|
|44th Attorney General of Wisconsin|
January 5, 2015 – January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||J. B. Van Hollen|
|Succeeded by||Josh Kaul|
|Waukesha County District Attorney|
January 2007 – January 2015
|Preceded by||Paul Bucher|
|Succeeded by||Susan Opper|
|Born||February 18, 1965|
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (
University of Wisconsin–Madison ( JD)
Brad Schimel (born February 18, 1965) is an American prosecutor who served as Wisconsin Attorney General from 2015 to 2019. 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. He ran for reelection in 2018 and was defeated by Democrat Josh Kaul, a former federal prosecutor. On November 20, 2018, Schimel was appointed by Scott Walker to be a Judge on the Waukesha County Circuit Court, replacing Patrick Haughney.  He took over in January 2019 and represents Branch 6. 
Schimel is a graduate of Mukwonago High School and holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1987).  He earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1990. 
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, Schimel was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Council and the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council. 
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, 2004-11.
On October 7, 2013, Van Hollen announced he would not seek reelection in 2014 for a third term as state attorney general.  Van Hollen endorsed Schimel as his replacement.  In the 2014 general election, Schimel defeated opponent Susan Happ. 
As Wisconsin Attorney General, Schimel appealed the ruling by a federal judge in the Eastern District of Wisconsin that Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Making a Murderer, had been coerced into confessing to a murder as an intellectually disabled 16-year old.  Courts subsequently ruled either to free Dassey or block his release pending a new trial.  Schimel argued that the US Supreme Court should not hear Dassey's case; when the US Supreme Court declined hearing Dassey's case, Schimel said he was pleased.  
|Waukesha District Attorney Republican Primary Election 2006|
|Waukesha District Attorney Election 2006|
|Waukesha District Attorney Election 2008|
|Republican||Brad Schimel (inc.)||168,330||100|
|Waukesha District Attorney Election 2010|
|Republican||Brad Schimel (inc.)||51,290||100|
|Waukesha District Attorney Election 2012|
|Republican||Brad Schimel (inc.)||158,479||100|
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- "Brad Schimel". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Candidate Q&A: Attorney general". Daily Citizen. October 21, 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Wisconsin DOJ https://www.doj.state.wi.us/exec-profile/brad-d-schimel
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- Patrick Marley. " J. B. Van Hollen won't seek third term as attorney general". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel October 7, 2013.
- Dee J. Hall. "Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen endorses GOP candidate Brad Schimel as replacement". Host.madison.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "Attorney General race: Republican Brad Schimel defeats Democratic challenger Susan Happ". Fox6now.com. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal of 'Making a Murderer' Subject Brendan Dassey". Retrieved 2018-10-24.
- "The Latest: Attorney Vows to Keep Fighting for Dassey".
- "Schimel: Supreme Court shouldn't review Dassey confession". WGBA. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
J. B. Van Hollen
Attorney General of Wisconsin