Brad Schimel

Brad Schimel
Candidate For Attorney General

Brad Schimel

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Candidate Biography

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Brad Schimel was elected Wisconsin’s Attorney General in 2014, winning an overwhelming majority of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Since taking office, he has worked to roll back job-killing regulations that stall job growth and has led the fight against prescription drug abuse, human trafficking, and elder abuse. He has worked tirelessly with the brave men and women of law enforcement to keep our communities and families safe.

Under Brad’s leadership, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has turned its focus to fighting prescription pain killer abuse. Launching the “Dose of Reality” campaign has raised awareness of the dangers of prescription opioid abuse and through its drug take back program has collected almost 330,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

He has also prioritized preventing Internet crimes against children and violence against women. Brad is a national leader in the fight against human trafficking, ensuring our streets are safe from criminals who prey on Wisconsin’s most vulnerable.

Brad serves as a watchdog for Wisconsin families. Together with a coalition of Attorneys General from across the country, Schimel has lead numerous lawsuits challenging overreach by the federal government that would cripple the economy and hurt Wisconsin families. Most recently, is leading a 20-state lawsuit to urge the courts to rule the individual mandate component of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

Brad and his wife, Sandi, raise their two daughters in Waukesha County where Brad previously served as the elected District Attorney. For the 2017-18 school year, the Schimel’s have welcomed Kalina, a foreign exchange daughter from Poland.

Brad Schimel is a career, frontline prosecutor first elected Waukesha County District Attorney in 2006, and he has been re-elected ever since. Brad has conducted more than 150 Jury trials ranging from First Degree Intentional Homicide to traffic offenses. In fact, Brad was awarded the 2006 Wisconsin Association of Victim and Witness Professionals “Wisconsin Professional of the Year” for his work on behalf of victims of sexual assault.

As Waukesha District Attorney, Brad is the chief law enforcement officer in the county and supervises 16 attorneys and 3-dozen support staff. His office is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes occurring in Waukesha County.

In 2011, Brad was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Council, and in that same year he was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council. He currently serves in a leadership capacity as the Secretary of Council with the Crime Victim Council. He is a Founding Member of the Waukesha County Victim Impact Panel for intoxicated drivers, and President of the Preventing Alcohol-Related Crashes (PARC) Task Force, 2004-2011.

Brad serves as an Instructor in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Department at Waukesha County Technical College, and is a former Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University. He is a regular presenter at conferences throughout Wisconsin for prosecutors, attorneys, law enforcement officers, teachers, child protection workers and medical professionals. Sought after for his knowledge and experience as a successful prosecutor, Brad has also presented at conferences for the Colorado Association of District Attorneys Conference and the Oklahoma Association of District Attorneys Conference.

Brad earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990), and is a graduate of Mukwonago High School and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1987). He began his career as a prosecutor in 1990 when he joined the Waukesha County District Attorney’s office.

Brad is deeply involved in a variety of community and volunteer activities in both a professional and personal capacity. He is a current board member and Past President of Board of Safe Babies/Healthy Families; serves as a Lector for St. Anthony on the Lake Parish; a Board of Directors member for the Waukesha Food Pantry; and has served as President and member of the Board of Directors for Interfaith Senior Programs.

Brad and his wife, Sandi, have two daughters, ages 10 and 12, a rescue dog and two rescue cats. In his “spare” time, Brad plays bass in the classic rock band “4 On the Floor” and is a Harley Davidson enthusiast and served seven years as a Road Captain for the Kettle Moraine Chapter-Harley Owners’ Group.

Current Board and Committee Service

  • Executive Committee, Waukesha County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council:
  • Chaired Drug Trends Committee which created Waukesha County’s Drug Treatment Court
  • Founding Member, Waukesha County Child Advocacy Center Task Force:
  • Opened Big Yellow House, Waukesha County’s Child Advocacy Center, in 2006
  • Participated in development of Waukesha County’s Child Abuse Investigation Protocol
  • Co-Chair, Waukesha County Child Advocacy Center Steering Committee, 2006 to present
  • Member, Waukesha County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART):
  • Participated with ProHealth Care in creation of Waukesha’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
  • Participated in development of Waukesha County’s Sexual Assault Investigation Protocol
  • Member, Waukesha County Police Chiefs’ Association
  • Vice President of Board of Directors, UW-Waukesha Foundation
  • Advisory Board, Addiction Resource Council:
  • Advisory Board, 180 Juvenile Diversion Program
  • Served on committee to develop Waukesha County’s first juvenile offender diversion program
  • Advisory Board, Potawatomi Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Chair, 2013 Scouting for Food Drive
  • Founding Member/Chair, Waukesha County Law and Government Explorer Post
  • Chair, Waukesha County Crime Stoppers
  • Member, Wisconsin STOP Grant Committee
  • Member, United Way of Waukesha County Thriving Community Task Force
  • Member, Waukesha Rotary Club
  • Served on Rotary Bluesfest Committee and the Rotary Foundation Board
  • Co-Chair, Waukesha County Child Fatality Review Board
  • Former Board and Committee Experience
  • Board of Directors, Addiction Resource Council 1998-2005, Past Treasurer
  • Founding Member of the Waukesha County Victim Impact Panel for intoxicated drivers
  • Participated in creation of Wisconsin’s first VIP over 15 years ago
  • President, Preventing Alcohol-Related Crashes (PARC) Task Force, 2004-2011
  • Chair, St. William Parish Human Concerns Committee, 2002-2010
  • Coordinated development of Sunday ministry program at Ethan Allen School for Boys
  • Chair, St. William Respect Life Committee, 2010-2012
  • President, Waukesha County Juvenile Officers Association, 1999

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2013 Family Service of Waukesha Family of the Year
  • 2011 Waukesha County Bar Association Community Service Award
  • 2011 Commendation from US Attorney for Eastern District of Wisconsin for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Victims of Crime
  • 2010 Outstanding Leadership Award from Pregnancy Support Connection
  • 2010 “Badger of the Year” from UW Alumni Association, Waukesha County Chapter
  • 2006 Wisconsin Association of Victim and Witness Professionals “Wisconsin Professional of the Year” for his work on behalf of victims of sexual assault.