Here are the walker-appointed judges for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Three judges who owe their current jobs to Gov. Scott Walker are among the five finalists for Wisconsin’s pending state Supreme Court vacancy.
The list released by the governor’s office on Wednesday also includes two other candidates with ties to Walker, who will make his second appointment to the seven-member court in a span of less than a year.
The applicants are vying to replace outgoing Justice David Prosser, who will retire from the court on July 31. Prosser, a former Republican speaker of the Wisconsin state Assembly, is part of the court’s 5-2 conservative majority.
The finalists include Wisconsin Appeals Court Judges Mark Gundrum and Thomas Hruz and Marinette County Circuit Court Judge James Morrison. All three were appointed to their current jobs by Walker. Gundrum, like Prosser, is a former Republican lawmaker.
Conspicuously absent from the list of finalists is Public Service Commission chair Ellen Nowak, who was among the 11 people who initially applied for the vacancy. Dane County Judge Jim Troupis, who frequently represented Republicans during his career as an attorney, also applied for the opening but failed to make the cut.
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