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Dave Obey Endorses Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Former Congressman Dave Obey, who represented Wisconsin’s largest congressional district stretching over 20 Counties from Marathon to Polk, Douglas to Oneida, has endorsed Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

By - Oct 15th, 2015 09:44 am

Former Congressman Dave Obey, who represented Wisconsin’s largest congressional district stretching over 20 Counties from Marathon to Polk, Douglas to Oneida, has endorsed Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

“Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg has dedicated her career to standing up for all the people of Wisconsin,” Obey said. “She has the qualifications, the smarts, the independence, the sense of fairness and balance, the courage and the open mindedness we need on the Supreme Court. This is a critically important campaign for Supreme Court and Wisconsin is a big State. She’s already been to every part of it in this campaign and that’s what it takes to win. I am honored to endorse Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court.”

“In the first 99 days of our campaign, we visited all 72 counties in Wisconsin,” Judge Kloppenburg noted. “And I am the only candidate who can – and is – building a statewide campaign that reaches out to, energizes and mobilizes voters all across Wisconsin. Congressman Obey, who spent his career standing up for the interests of the people he represented, not the special interests, appreciates that. I am honored to earn his support.

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg has been serving the people of Wisconsin for more than 25 years. She has a proven track record as a thoughtful, fair and impartial arbiter of the law and, as a lawyer and as a judge, for standing up for all the people of Wisconsin.

Elected to the Court of Appeals in 2012, she is currently the presiding Judge for the Court’s District Four. Before being elected to the Court of Appeals, Judge Kloppenburg served for 23 years (1989-2012) as an assistant attorney general at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. As a prosecutor and a litigator, she handled cases in many areas of the law including constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and all aspects of civil litigation in circuit courts around the State, the court of appeals and the State Supreme Court, and in federal court.

Before going to law school, she served in the Peace Corps in Botswana in southern Africa (1976-1979), established a nutrition program for women and children in upstate New York (1980-81), and worked as a college administrator (1981-84).

Active in the legal profession as well as in the broader community, Judge Kloppenburg is a board member of the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (2013-present); serves as a mentor for the Dane County Bar Association and UW Law School (2011-present); and has previously served as a volunteer mediator, Dane County Bar Association (2010-2012); a volunteer at the Dane County Bar Foreclosure Clinic (2010-2012); a Neighborhood Association Volunteer and Board Member (2000-2012); an English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor (2004-2010); and a board member of Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) (1991-1993).

She and her husband Jack, a native of Milwaukee, have three grown children.

 

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