Brad Schimel was elected Wisconsin Attorney General on November 4, 2014, winning an overwhelming majority of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
Schimel’s message of public safety over politics and strong record of protecting Wisconsin families earned him the support of 90 elected Republican and Democratic law enforcement officials. He and his wife, Sandi, raise their two daughters in Waukesha County where Brad previously served as the elected District Attorney.
As Attorney General, Brad Schimel is the state’s “Top Cop” and leads the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which includes a staff of more than 650 dedicated public servants. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is tasked with a wide range of responsibilities, everything from defending the state in a lawsuit to investigating officer involved shootings to running the state’s Concealed Carry program.
Under Brad Schimel’s leadership, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has turned its focus to fighting prescription pain killer abuse. Schimel has also prioritized Internet crimes against children, human trafficking, and violence against women.
Brad Schimel serves as a watchdog for Wisconsin families. Together with a coalition of Attorneys General from across the country, Schimel has signed on to numerous lawsuits challenging overreach by the federal government that would cripple Wisconsin’s economy and harm our citizens.
Brad Schimel currently serves on the Wisconsin Judicial Council, chairs the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council and Sexual Assault Response Team, and co-chairs the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Brad was also recently elected by his peers to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Midwestern Region of the National Association of Attorneys.
For a quarter century, Brad Schimel was a frontline prosecutor. Schimel has conducted more than 150 Jury trials ranging from First Degree Intentional Homicide to traffic offenses. His work has won praise from his constituents who continue to elect him, and from victims’ advocates who continue to honor him. For example, he’s been named Wisconsin Association of Victim and Witness Professionals “Wisconsin Professional of the Year” for his work on behalf of victims of sexual assault.
Brad Schimel is an educator. He served 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. Respected by his peers, 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. 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 is deeply involved in a variety of community and volunteer activities both professionally and privately. 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; a member of Rotary Club of Waukesha; and has served as President and member of the Board of Directors for Interfaith Senior Programs.
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.
His family also includes 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.