Republican State Leadership Committee
Press Release

Conservative Judge Brian Hagedorn Wins Special Election to Wisconsin Supreme Court

Seven-Figure Investment by RSLC’s Judicial Fairness Initiative Overcomes Three-To-One Spending Edge by Democrat-Aligned Groups

By - Apr 3rd, 2019 06:02 am
Brian Hagedorn. Photo courtesy of the Friends of Brian Hagedorn.

Brian Hagedorn. Photo courtesy of the Friends of Brian Hagedorn.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 3, 2019) — National conservatives are celebrating following last night’s victory by Judge Brian Hagedorn for an open seat on the Wisconsin state Supreme Court.

“Wisconsin voters knew what was at stake in last night’s election: a choice between a liberal, activist judge who would legislate from the bench or a conservative, rule of law judge committed to interpreting the state Constitution as written,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “We have seen the Democrat socialists, led by Barack Obama and Eric Holder, try to take over state Supreme Courts in an effort to end-run the authority of state legislatures by electing activist judges to what should be the government’s most restrained branch. In Wisconsin, we identified a path to victory and invested accordingly to thwart the advancement of the radical drumbeat of socialism that has hijacked the Democrat party,” Walter added.

Judge Hagedorn’s victory comes after a $1.3 million statewide independent expenditure campaign from the RSLC’s Judicial Fairness Initiative which included digital, mail, broadcast, cable and radio. The campaign for Hagedorn’s opponent, along with Democrat-aligned groups, spent over $3.5 million on TV alone in their failed efforts.

Despite being massively outspent by liberal special interest groups supported by the Obama-Holder National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Judge Hagedorn’s victory ensures that Wisconsinites will have a state Supreme Court that recognizes and upholds the separation of powers under divided government.

Described by NBC News as “a test run” for the 2020 presidential campaign, last night’s victory also shows that Wisconsin remains a battleground state heading into President Trump’s re-election bid.

About JFI

The RSLC’s Judicial Fairness Initiative (JFI), launched in 2014, works to elect down-ballot, state-level conservatives to the judiciary.  Through JFI, the RSLC became the only national political organization focused exclusively on the electoral process of judicial branches at the state level.  Too often voters are starved of information about judicial candidates up for election and forced to vote completely in the dark.  To address this critically important need, JFI provides the public with a balanced flow of relevant information to make educated decisions and support common sense conservative judges at the state level.

About the RSLC

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. State-level Republicans maintain 61 of 99 legislative chamber majorities across the country, hold 25 lieutenant governor seats, and control 28 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit or follow @RSLC on Twitter.

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