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Gov. Scott Walker announces finalists to replace David Prosser on Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Gov. Scott Walker announces finalists to replace David Prosser on Wisconsin Supreme Court

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Wisconsin Supreme Court justices meet in their hearing room in March.

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday announced the three finalists he will consider in replacing retiring Justice David Prosser on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The finalists include two Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges: Mark Gundrum of District II, who is a former state representative, and Thomas Hruz of District III, who has worked as a private practice attorney and clerked for Prosser.

The other finalist is private practice attorney Daniel Kelly of Rogahn Kelly LLC based in Waukesha. 

Finalists were narrowed from a pool of 10 original applicants for the vacancy. Walker will now interview the applicants and make an appointment before July 31, according to his office. 

It will be Walker's second appointment to the state's high court, which has a conservative-leaning majority. He appointed Rebecca Bradley in 2015, who was elected to a 10-year term in April. Walker's next pick may not alter the ideological balance of the court, but court observers said the pick is still consequential, further entrenching the court's judicial approach. 

The  finalists were recommended to Walker by his chief of staff, Rich Zipperer, Michael Brennan, chair of the governor’s Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, and Andrew Hitt, former deputy legal counsel to the governor, according to the governor's office.

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Katelyn Ferral is The Cap Times' public affairs and investigative reporter. She joined the paper in 2015 and previously covered the energy industry for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. She's also covered state politics and government in North Carolina.