Annette Ziegler

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Annette Ziegler
Court Information:
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $146,000
Selection:   Elected
Active:   2007-2017
Preceded by:   Jon Wilcox
Past post:   Washington County Circuit Court
Past term:   1997-2007
Past position:   Judge
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Hope College, 1986
Law School:   Marquette University, 1989

Annette K. Ziegler is a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She was elected in 2007 for a term ends in 2017.[1]


Ziegler received her B.A. in psychology and business administration from Hope College in 1986, and her J.D. from Marquette University in 1989.[2]


After graduating from law school, Ziegler entered private practice. In 1992, she became a pro bono special district attorney in Milwaukee County. Four years later, she was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. In 1997, Ziegler was appointed to the Washington County Circuit Court. She was serving in this capacity when elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.[1]

2007 election

On April 3, 2007, Ziegler defeated Linda M. Clifford in the election, winning 58.61 percent of the vote.[3]

For a breakdown of Judge Ziegler's campaign finances in 2007, see her "Follow the Money" page.

To read more about the advertising tactics in the campaign, visit:, "Warring Ads in Wisconsin Supreme Court Race," March 30, 2007

Awards and associations

  • Former faculty member, Wisconsin Judicial College[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Ziegler received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.25, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.42 that justices received in Wisconsin. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

Financial disclosure

See also: Center for Public Integrity Study on State Supreme Court Disclosure Requirements

A 2013 study by the Center for Public Integrity on financial disclosure requirements for state supreme court justices found that Ziegler participated in a 2012 decision involving Merck and Co. and Johnson and Johnson in spite of owning more than $50,000 in stock in each company. The court ruled against the companies on two of the three legal questions presented in the appeal.[5]

In 2007, Ziegler was warned by a state commission about conflicts of interest in her work for a lower court. It was reported that she had presided in more than 22 cases involving companies in which she owned stock. At the time, she apologized for the ethical violations and claimed they were not intentional.[5]

Wisconsin earned an "F" in the study.[5]

See also

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