10 Facts About Annette Ziegler


Annette Kingsland Ziegler was born on March 6,1964 and is an American jurist serving as Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court since May 2021.


Annette Ziegler has been a member of the Court since 2007, and is generally regarded as part of its conservative wing.


Annette Ziegler received a bachelor's degree in business administration and psychology from Hope College in 1986, and a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 1989.


Annette Ziegler was a pro bono Special Assistant District Attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.


Annette Ziegler was elected to a full term in April 1998 and reelected in 2004, both times unopposed.


Annette Ziegler then ran the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Jon P Wilcox.


Annette Ziegler faced Madison attorney Linda Clifford in the April 2007 general election, after they were the top two finishers in the February primary.


Annette Ziegler asserted that Clifford's lack of judicial experience made her ill-prepared for the Supreme Court; she raised concerns about two of Clifford's campaign workers misrepresenting themselves to law enforcement officials.


Clifford asserted that Annette Ziegler had ruled in cases where she had a clear conflict of interest.


Annette Ziegler is the second chief justice to be elected by her colleagues since the constitution was amended to establish this selection process.