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; and has served as President and member of the Board of Directors for Interfaith Senior Programs and as a Board of Directors member for the Waukesha Food Pantry.
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.