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Herb Kohl endorses Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm for re-election

“John Chisholm has proven to be an innovative and effective leader as District Attorney,” said Senator Kohl.

By - Jun 1st, 2016 09:36 am

MILWAUKEE—Today, former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl endorsed Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm for re-election, citing his important work to keep Milwaukee safe while working to bring incarceration rates down.

“John Chisholm has proven to be an innovative and effective leader as District Attorney,” said Senator Kohl. “He has served Milwaukee County honorably for more than 20 years and has taken on some of the toughest issues facing our community while working tirelessly to keep Milwaukee safe. John has the experience and integrity necessary to make the tough decisions, and I am proud to endorse him.”

“I am deeply grateful to have the support of Senator Kohl,” said Chisholm. “He is a highly respected leader, and his dedication to this community serves as a model for all public servants.

“Over the last decade, we have made great improvements in Milwaukee County’s criminal justice system, but the work is not done yet,” continued Chisholm. “I look forward to continuing to work for a safe community and a criminal justice system that works for all citizens.”

John Chisholm has been recognized nationally for his efforts in Milwaukee County. He is a tough prosecutor but also has been a national leader in criminal justice reform. Under his leadership, the office of the District Attorney has a 95% conviction rate in homicide cases, and has also championed community prosecution and alternatives to incarceration that break the cycle of prison, treat drug & alcohol addiction, and save taxpayer dollars. Chisholm has held public officials of both political parties accountable, and charged more than 50 police officers with misconduct or crimes during his 10 years as the District Attorney.

District Attorney John Chisholm was first elected in 2006 after the retirement of long-time Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann. He has been very active in the community and serves on several local and national boards, including serving as past chairman of the Safe & Sound board of directors, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area board, the Homicide Review Commission, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Chisholm was also a member of Governor Jim Doyle’s Racial Disparity Oversight Commission and is a member of the Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections.

Chisholm was born in Milwaukee and is a graduate of Marquette University High School, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is also a veteran of the United States Army. He lives in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood with his wife, Colleen, and teenage son, Ted.
The Democratic primary election is Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

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