Richard Congdon

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Richard Congdon
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Court Information:
Waukesha County Circuit Court, Wisconsin
Title:   Former Judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Jim Doyle
Active:   2009 - 2010
Preceded by:   Mark Gempeler
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Wisconsin-Madison
Law School:   Marquette University Law School
Grad. School:   Kellogg Foundation in International Development

Richard Congdon is a former circuit court judge for Branch 2 of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle in January of 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Mark Gempeler. He was one of five applicants for the seat, and is a previous leader of the Waukesha County Democratic Party. He lost in a judicial election in April of 2010 to Mark Gundrum.[1][2]

2010 election campaign

Main article: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2010

Congdon ran for election to the seat he was appointed to in 2009 in the April 6, 2010 election. He was challenged by State Representative Mark Gundrum.[1][3] Congdon cited that his 30+ years experience as an attorney as reason to elect him.[4]

Congdon had formed the Retain Judge Congdon Committee with former County Executive Dan Finley who served as Honorary Chair. He was supported in his election campaign by current judges Ralph Ramirez, James Kieffer, Robert Mawdsley, Lee Dreyfus, Kathryn Foster, Neil Nettesheim, Patrick Snyder and former judges Mark Gempeler, Jess Martinez, Ness Flores, and Waukesha Municipal Judge Joseph L. Cook.[5]

Campaign finance

As of the campaign finance report available on February 1, 2010, Congdon had raised $22,400 compared to Gundrum's $97,000.[4]


Congdon received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971 and his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1974. He also earned a fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation in International Development, 1997-1999.[4]

Professional career

Prior to his appointment to the Waukesha County Circuit Court, Congdon was an attorney and had served as a court commissioner.[1]

  • Appointed supplemental court commissioner, 1992 - 2009
  • Served on Waukesha County Committee of Office of Lawyer Regulation, 1996 - 2004
  • Commissioner of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, 1986 - 1992
  • Member of the Waukesha Board of Review, 2000 - 2006[4]

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