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Roggensack Re-elected As Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief

Roggensack Is One Of Four Majority Conservative Justices

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack
Gov. Tony Evers gives his first State of the State address in Madison, Wisconsin, at the state Capitol building on Jan. 22, 2019. Here, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack is seen before the start of the speech. Emily Hamer/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack has been re-elected to a third, two-year term leading the court.

The court announced her re-election by fellow justices Tuesday. The result was public, but the vote was done in secret and the breakdown was not announced.​​​​​​

Roggensack replaced Justice Shirley Abrahamson as chief justice in 2015 after voters approved a constitutional amendment giving justices the power to elect the chief justice. Prior to that, it had automatically gone to the longest-serving member, who is Abrahamson.

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Roggensack is one of the four majority conservative justices. Abrahamson is one of three minority liberal member.

Roggensack said in a statement that she is honored to continue serving as chief justice. She has been on the Supreme Court since 2003.

The chief justice also serves as the administrative head of Wisconsin’s judicial system.