Patience Roggensack

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Patience Drake Roggensack
Court Information:
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $146,000
Selection:   Elected
Active:   2003-2023
Past post:   Judge, Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Past term:   1996-2003
Personal History
Born:   7/7/1940
Home state:   Illinois
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Drake University, 1962
Law School:   University of Wisconsin, 1980
Candidate 2013:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Wisconsin
Election information 2013:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  2/19/2013
Primary vote:  63.9%ApprovedA
Election date:  4/2/2013
Election vote:  57.48%ApprovedA

Patience Drake Roggensack is a justice for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She was elected to the court in 2003 and was re-elected in 2013. Her current term expires in 2023.[1]


Roggensack received her B.A. in zoology from Drake University in 1962, and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1980.[2]


Awards and associations

  • Member, American Judicature Society
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Board member, YMCA
  • Board member, YWCA
  • Board member, Olbrich Botanical Society
  • Board member, Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth
  • Board member, Friends of the Arboretum
  • Board member, A Fund for Women
  • Past president, Western District, Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Past member, Bench-Bar Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Past president, International Women's Forum[3]



Roggensack ran successfully for re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, defeating Marquette Professor Ed Fallone in the April 2 general election with 57.48% of the vote.[4] In the February 19 primary, she received 63.9% of the vote.[1]Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title[5]

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2013


Roggensack ran for election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2003. She defeated Ed Brunner, winning 51.13% of the vote.[6]

Judicial philosophy

Judicial philosophy is important. It is important for the people to know how the judge views the job of judging.

If you interpret [a] statute by trying to figure out what the legislature was trying to do, I believe you are operating consistent with our constitution, which gives separate functions to each branch. I don't like everything the legislature puts out… but that's not my job to decide if it's wise public policy.

I don't like every decision I read. I don't even like every decision I write, but unless it's unconstitutional, I don't get to change the law.[7][8]

—Justice Patience Roggensack

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. Roggensack received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.67, 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.[9]

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