|Pedro A. Colón|
|Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Wisconsin|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jim Doyle|
|Preceded by:||Patricia McMahon (Wisconsin)|
|Past post:||Democratic member, Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Undergraduate:||Marquette University, 1991|
|Law School:||University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1994|
- 1 Elections
- 2 Education
- 3 Career
- 4 Awards and associations
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Pedro A. Colón is a judge for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 18, in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He was appointed to the court by former Governor Jim Doyle to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Patricia McMahon on September 20, 2010. Colón was then elected to the court on April 5, 2011, and his current term expires in 2017.
Colón was elected to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in the general election on April 5, 2011. He won 36% of the vote in the primary election, advancing him to the general election. He then defeated Christopher R. Lipscomb in the general election, winning 59% of the vote.
- See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
Colón received endorsements from three of the Wisconsin Supreme Court justices: David T. Prosser, Patience Roggensack and N. Patrick Crooks. Said Colón: "I am honored to have the endorsement of these distinguished jurists. Justices Prosser, Roggensack and Crooks all have tremendous experience with the law. With their support, I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Milwaukee County."
From 1999 to 2010, Colón served as a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing Milwaukee’s South Side (8th District). He resigned as a legislator in order to take his judicial seat on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
Colón's issue positions as a legislator
Colon's answers to the Wisconsin State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. When asked his top priorities, he replied:
"I am working to put more police on the streets and people real alternatives to the street. We also need to do more to protect the working men and women who built our neighborhoods. We need to expand neighborhood health care services, keep taxes low and make medicines more affordable.
As Milwaukee's voice in the State Assembly on many budget issues, I worked hard last year to find $27 million in new public education funding. I'm especially proud to support veterans with $32 million to help our men and women in uniform pursue a higher education degree."
Committee assignments in the Wisconsin State Assembly
2008 re-election to the Wisconsin General Assembly
On November 4, 2008, Colon won re-election to Assembly District 8, receiving 98.26% of the vote.
|Wisconsin Assembly District 8|
|Pedro Colón (D)||8,743|
Rep. Colon and his family
Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:
- AB-202 Bulk transfers of inventory: Uniform Commercial Code provisions repealed
- AB-217 Colorectal cancer examinations and laboratory tests: health insurance policies and plans required to cover; conditions and OCI and DHS duties
- AB-311 Payday loan: ability of customer to "rollover" a loan limited, definition provided; DFI, or any state agency, prohibited from starting or maintaining a database of individuals who enter into payday loans
For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.
2008 campaign donors
The top five donors to Colon's 2008 campaign were mainly individuals:
|Earle, Peter G||$2,439|
|Painters & Allied Trades District Council 7||$2,400|
|Layden, Donald W||$1,500|
|WI Insurance Alliance||$1,500|
Colón also worked as an attorney in private practice from 1994 until he became a judge in 2010. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for Milwaukee city attorney in 2008 and briefly ran for mayor in 2003, but withdrew from the race and supported Tom Barrett instead.
Awards and associations
- Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
- Member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association
- Member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials 
- Milwaukee County Circuit Court, "Court Services"
- Project Vote Smart, "Pedro Colón Profile"
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "State investigated Colón over nomination papers," November 18, 2009
- Wisconsin Department of Justice, "Investigation re: Colon Nomination Papers," August 25, 2009
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:All Politics Blog, "Rep. Colon apologizes to Rep. Nass," April 16, 2010
- Facebook.com, "Representative Colon"
- LinkedIn.com, "Pedro A. Colon"
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Doyle appoints Colón to Circuit Court judgeship," September 15, 2010
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Dogged "Colon among candidates for judicial opening", August 13, 2010
- City of Milwaukee Election Commission, "Summary Report," April 5, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Results for contested primary races," February 16, 2011
- State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Offices to be elected at 2011 spring election," accessed February 19, 2015
- Colón Press Release, "Judge Colón Receives Endorsements of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices," November 18, 2010
- Project Vote Smart, "Pedro Colón Profile," accessed February 19, 2015
- Project Vote Smart, "Assm. Colon Issue Positions," accessed February 19, 2015
- Wisconsin State Elections Board Results of Fall General Election-11/04/2008
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign Contributions," accessed February 19, 2015
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Colon, Newcomer won't seek another term," May 27, 2010
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