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Jon P. Wilcox (1936- )

photo of Justice Jon P. Wilcox

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice (1992-2007)

Justice Jon P. Wilcox was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Tommy G. Thompson in 1992 and elected to a 10-year term in 1997.

Born in Berlin, Wis., and raised in Wild Rose, Wis., Justice Wilcox received his bachelor’s degree from Ripon College in 1958 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1965. He is a recipient of the Ripon College Distinguished Alumni Award.

From 1959 to 1961, he served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Wilcox was a circuit court judge in Waushara County for 13 years, chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Administrative District from 1985 to 1992, and chairman of the Wisconsin Committee of Chief Judges. He also served as chairman of the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission from 1987 to 1992. Prior to this, he worked in private practice and started his own law firm. He also served three terms in the Wisconsin Legislature, representing the 72nd Assembly District from 1969 to 1975. He was elected to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress from 1975 to 1980.

Justice Wilcox serves on the Wisconsin Law Foundation Board and is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Media-Law Relations Committee and Bench-Bar Committee. He served as a faculty member of the Wisconsin Judicial College from 1985 to 1996.

Justice Wilcox and his wife, Jane Ann, have two children, Jeffrey and Jennifer.

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