Scott Hassett

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Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources
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Scott Hassett (born in Dunn County, Wisconsin) is a former Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources. On July 30, 2009, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, challenging Republican incumbent J.B. Van Hollen.[1] Fourteen months later, however, Hassett lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 after receiving slightly over forty-two percent of the vote.

Professional experience

Hassett has served as a trial attorney, handling both civil and criminal litigation, for the past twenty-two years. He is a partner and shareholder for Lawton & Cates, S.C., a Madison-based private practice law firm.

Political career

In 2003, Hassett was appointed by then-newly elected Governor Jim Doyle as Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources. He remained in the position until he resigned July 2007 in order to "write, travel and consult on environmental and regulatory issues."[2]


Active status

With roughly six weeks left before the general election, the Wisconsin State Board of Bar Examiners, the state agency that evaluates attorneys, has told Hassett, the Democratic nominee for State Attorney General, that he lacks the necessary credits to practice law within the state. For five years starting in 2004, Hassett's law license was placed on inactive status as he focused his attention on his duties as Secretary of the State Department of Natural Resources. He had "sent the board a letter saying he had completed the 30 credit hours of continuing legal education he thought he needed to regain active status" in July 2009.[3] Two months earlier, however, an amendment was passed that required "anyone who was inactive for two or more years to obtain 60 credits, not 30, to regain active status."[3] In spite of this, the board cleared Hassett to reinstate his active status as a lawyer within the state. While state law does argue that the state attorney general must hold a law license, it does reflect badly in the eyes of voters.

Ultimately, the State Board decided "to allow attorney general candidate Scott Hassett and several other attorneys to continue to actively practice law, even though they lack the required number of continuing legal education hours."[4]

Other roles

  • Former managing editor, Jefferson Banner
  • Member, Ducks Unlimited
  • Member, Oak Ridge Rifle Club
  • Member, Gathering Waters Conservancy
  • Member, River Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Member, Muskies, Inc. International
  • Member, Wisconsin Bowhunters

Elections and appointments


See also: Wisconsin Attorney General election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Scott Hassett ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda J.B. Van Hollen 57.8%
     Democratic Party Scott Hassett 42.2%
Total Votes 2,112,390


Hassett was appointed Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources by Gov. Jim Doyle. He resigned from the post in 2007.[2]

Campaign donors


According to Follow the Money, Hassett has raised $212,125 in 2010 for his state attorney general campaign as of September 27, 2010.[6]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Wisconsin Education Association Council $21,564
Madison Teachers $20,000
United Transportation Union $6,000
Wisconsin State AFL-CIO $5,000
Electrical Workers $5,000


Hassett currently resides in Lake Mills, Wisconsin with his wife, Chris. The couple has had two children together - Tyler and Whitney.

Contact information

Campaign Address:


Scott Hassett for AG
P.O. Box 1937
Madison, WI 53701-1937

Phone: (608) 577-8359

See also

External links

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from September 23, 2010.


Political offices
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Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources
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