I care deeply about this state and the more than 5.7 million people that call Wisconsin home. My Wisconsin roots are strong and my extended family large.
Many of the values I hold dear today, are the same values I learned growing up in my home town of Richland Center—values of family, community, hard work and the importance of service to others. Both of my parents were born and raised in Richland County as were my grand parents. My great grandparents homesteaded in Southwest Wisconsin. Our family home in Richland Center has been in the family for over 90 years.
I have carried those values with me when I taught high school in La Crosse, when I practiced law in Wausau and when I served for ten years as a Marathon County circuit court judge. My husband, Mark, and I live in Wausau, raised our four children here, and together passed those same values on to them.
For the past 19 years I have had the honor of serving the people of this state on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. I am committed to maintaining a supreme court that is fair, neutral, impartial and non-partisan –-a court that is fiercely independent, not beholden to any political party, association or special interest group.
I am dedicated to promoting an understanding of the importance of the role of courts and the rule of law both at home and abroad. Traveling to the four corners of this state and places in between, I have championed the teaching of civics education, serving as state co-chair of former U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s civic education program. Traveling several continents, I have taught judge and lawyers in emerging and struggling nations about the importance of the rule of law as they endeavor to write new constitutions and to develop new procedures in their system of justice.
That’s who I am, and what I believe in. And, that’s why I am asking for your support and your vote as I run for re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.