Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of his campaign chairman and president of one of the state’s leading conservative foundations to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.
Walker also appointed an attorney who has worked for the Republican Party in several high-profile cases to fill the seat of a retiring Dane County Circuit Court judge.
Michael M. Grebe, son of Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, was appointed Friday to the Board of Regents. Michael W. Grebe served as Walker’s campaign chairman for the 2010 and 2014 elections as well as the 2012 recall election.
Michael M. Grebe is executive vice president and general counsel for HUSCO International Inc., a Waukesha firm that is the global leader in the development and manufacture of hydraulic and electrohydraulic components. He previously was a partner at the law firm of Quarles & Brady.
The elder Grebe has headed the Bradley Foundation since 2002. The foundation has funded numerous conservative causes, including welfare reform and voucher schools. He also was the former general counsel to the Republican National Committee and former chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
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Walker also announced the reappointment of Andrew Peterson to the Board of Regents. Peterson is president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and in that capacity has served on the Board of Regents the past two years.
Attorney Jim Troupis has been appointed to fill the seat of retiring Dane County Circuit Judge John C. Albert and will serve until August 2016. Troupis’ appointment comes seven weeks after a committee and group of advisers that vet judicial hopefuls rejected all four applicants for the job.
Those applicants were: state Assistant Attorney General Devra Ayala, state Assistant Public Defender David Klauser, criminal defense attorney John Hyland and Madison attorney and UW-Madison adjunct professor of law Nick Schweitzer.
Hyland, who said in his interview that he had signed the 2012 recall petition against Walker, plans to run for the seat next April and has formed a campaign committee.
Troupis was a partner at the Madison law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich before starting his own law firm in 2010. He worked with Republican legislators during their redistricting of the state following the 2010 census and also represented state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in the recount of the 2011 election.
Also Friday, Walker announced the appointments of Julie Anderson and Frederick Prehn to the Natural Resources Board. Anderson is Racine County Public Works & Development Services director; Prehn owns Central Wisconsin Firearms in Wausau, and with his wife, Linda, also owns Prehn Cranberry Co. in Tomah.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct an error concerning Jim Troupis' representation of Justice David Prosser.