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Chief Justice to Select Government Accountability Candidate Committee Members Tuesday

February 20, 2009

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson will choose the names of four Court of Appeals judges Tuesday to serve on the Government Accountability Candidate Committee. The current committee members’ terms will expire on March 1.

The committee serves as the nominating body for members of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, and is made up of one judge from each of the state’s four Court of Appeals districts.

Committee members are chosen by lot by the Chief Justice – in the presence of the other members of the Supreme Court – and serve a two-year term.

When a vacancy on the Government Accountability Board occurs, the four-member candidate committee determines a minimum number of nominees as specified by state statute. The Committee sends a list of nominated candidates to the Governor for consideration. The Governor will then select one candidate to serve a new six-year term, and submit her or his name to the Wisconsin Senate for confirmation.

The selection process will take place at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, in the hearing room of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the State Capitol. The process is outlined in Wis. Stats. §15.60 (2).

The Government Accountability Board has six members who serve staggered six-year terms. Current G.A.B. member Judge Victor Manian’s term will end in May. Other G.A.B. members and their term-ends are as follows:

  • Judge Michael W. Brennan: May 2014
  • Judge Thomas Cane: May 2013
  • Judge Gerald Nichol: May 2012
  • Judge Gordon Myse: May 2011
  • Judge William Eich: May 2010