Former Wisconsin AG Peg Lautenschlager has died

Published: Mar. 31, 2018 at 11:06 AM CDT
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Former Governor of Wisconsin Jim Doyle is among those who issued statements on Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager's passing.

"I am saddened to learn of Peg's passing. She devoted her life, and remarkable talents, to public service. She was a trailblazer and a champion for the people of Wisconsin, a state she loved," said Doyle.

Lautenschlager was 62.

Lautenschlager was elected as the first female Attorney General in Wisconsin history in 2002. In July 2016, she was appointed as the first commissioner of the newly formed Ethics Commission, a position from which she resigned shortly before her son, Josh Kaul, announced his plans to run for Attorney General.

Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement after learning former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager passed away earlier today:

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend, Peg Lautenschlager. Peg was a friend, mentor and an inspiring public servant who never lost sight of her advocacy for the people. Her strength, tenacity, and kindness were evident in her nearly 30 years of public service. She worked tirelessly for the people of northeast Wisconsin and then all of Wisconsin, and championed our values.

“Apparently I knew Peg since I was a toddler, because she reminded me and everyone else in the room every single time we were together. As a friend, Peg always took the time to listen and provide feedback and was the same person in public as she was in private. Peg was so down-to-earth and real, it could be easy for some to overlook how brilliant she was. I will carry with me the lessons I learned from Peg throughout my career. Wisconsin has lost a giant and she will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to her family during this difficult time.”

Attorney General Brad Schimel released the following statement today after learning about the passing of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.

“I did not know Peg well but many of the team members at the Wisconsin Department of Justice did, so I have learned more about her. Peg was passionate about her beliefs, cared deeply about her colleagues, and adored her family. I appreciate her many decades of public service and commitment to Wisconsin. She hired many of the fine public servants who now work at DOJ on behalf of the people of Wisconsin and her dedication lives on through their daily work.

“My sympathies and prayers go out to Peg’s family, friends, and colleagues.”

Lautenschlager was elected to the state Assembly in 1989 and appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of the state in 1993. In 1993, she gave then U.S. Rep. Tom Petri the closest race of his career; Petri won re-election by six points.

Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager:

“It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Peg. She was a trailblazer for many women in Wisconsin politics, a loyal friend and true blue Democrat. Peg was a trusted political mentor to many and was always willing to lend her insight, advice and enthusiasm to friends and family across the state.

“Peg served her community and state well, from her time as Winnebago District Attorney to her most recent position as Chair of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Peg loved good policy, better outcomes, great stories and spending time in the company of her many friends and family. My deepest condolences to her husband Bill and their children.”

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement after learning of the passing of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager:

"Tonette and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Peg Lautenschlager. She was a dedicated and passionate public servant who became the first woman elected to serve as attorney general in Wisconsin history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this time."

The Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney released the following statement on Lautenschlager's passing:

“I’m saddened by the news of Peg Lautenschlager’s passing. While we may not have always agreed politically, Peg was a passionate advocate for Wisconsin during her 30 years serving our state. Our prayers are with her family during this time.”