Judge Janet Protasiewicz’s election a victory for democracy and the environment

Apr 04, 2023

MADISON – Wisconsin Conservation Voters’ endorsed candidate Judge Janet Protasiewicz was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court tonight. The victory follows Wisconsin Conservation Voters IEC’s record breaking spring election program.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann had this to say on Justice-elect Janet Protasiewicz's victory:

"This is a major victory for voters in Wisconsin. Justice-elect Protasiewicz will finally return balance and fairness to the state’s highest court – elements missing from the court for more than a decade.

With a new court majority focused on the rule of law and the rejection of corporate influence over its decisions, Wisconsin can now begin to rebuild. The possibilities include a more robust democracy, protecting the environment from corporate polluters, and fixing the state’s district maps so that the country’s worst gerrymander is finally snapped.

This victory is due to the hard work and dedication of conservation voters and the statewide network of coalitions, organizations, individuals, and voters who stood up, worked tirelessly, and voted in droves to pursue a brighter tomorrow for Wisconsin.

It’s also a clear rejection of the sleaziest campaign in recent memory by the Wisconsin Republican Party and its Illinois billionaire allies who pandered to the lowest excesses of their base – violence, racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, even fake emergency weather alerts and re-traumatizing a rape victim. None of that worked. None of that worked because Wisconsin voters are sick and tired of the empty culture wars. They want real progress on the things they actually care about: clean water, a clean energy economy and future, and our freedom to vote and have it count.

We thank everyone who turned out to vote for Justice-elect Protasiewicz and who worked to make sure others did, too. This is your moment, and we’re excited to get to work to make Wisconsin a cleaner, brighter, and safer place to live, work, and thrive for all.”

For more information

Contact Ryan Billingham, Communications Director, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, 608-208-1129 (office), 608-213-6972 (mobile/text), or ryan@conservationvoters.org