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January 22, 2015

Rep. Jesse Kremer Approves Constitutional Amendment to Select Chief Justice

Madison, WIToday, Representative Jesse Kremer voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that would allow Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices to elect their chief justice. Currently, the Wisconsin Constitution dictates that the longest continuously serving justice is selected as the chief justice.

Upon approval by voters this spring, Wisconsin will join 23 other states utilizing a peer selection process for selecting a chief justice. “I think it is common sense to allow our Supreme Court justices to choose their leader,” said Rep. Kremer, a co-sponsor of the legislation. “This more democratic approach to choosing leadership is something that works just fine in the legislative branch, and I expect it to work just as well for the judicial branch.”

2015 Senate Joint Resolution 2 directs the Supreme Court to elect a chief justice for a term of two years. The following question will appear on the April 7 ballot: “Shall section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to direct that a chief justice of the supreme court shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices then serving on the court?”

The Assembly approved the amendment 62-34 (2 paired, one non-voting).

Rep. Kremer represents the 59th Assembly District which includes Southern Calumet, Western Sheboygan, Northern Washington and Eastern Fond du Lac Counties.