MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack says she believes her re-election shows that voters believe it's better to have someone with experience on the state's highest court.
"I have the kind of experience that matters to doing the work of a Supreme Court justice because I've been a judge for almost 17 years. So I've done the work of a judge over and over and over, and that's about 80 percent of what I do as a Supreme Court justice is review whether another judge or another court correctly applied the law," said Roggensack.
Roggensack beat Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone in Tuesday's election.
Roggensack campaigned hard on her 17 years' experience as a judge, noting Fallone had no such experience. She also raised more money than Fallone and dominated television advertising.
Roggensack tells The Associated Press that she doesn't know whether outside groups that spent at least $500,000 advertising on her behalf influenced the outcome or not. No outside groups advertised for Fallone.
Roggensack is generally viewed as part of a four-justice conservative majority on the state's highest court. While the race was officially nonpartisan, Roggensack had support from Republicans.
"You know I think the court will go on working as it always has. I've enjoyed tremendously working with all of my colleagues on the court, we work through issues together and our differences I believe are our strength for the people of Wisconsin because it allows us to have many different perspectives on the legal questions that come forward," Roggensack told FOX 11.
The win means another 10 year term for Justice Roggensack, and she said she has plans to take the court in a new direction moving forward.
"Sometimes it takes us a long time to get our opinions out the door and we need to focus more outward. I want the court also to focus on how to handle the monies that the court is entrusted with handling for the entire
judicial branch of government," Roggensack said.
Opponent Ed Fallone said in his concession speech it wasn't an easy race, but he was satisfied with how it went.
"It was a hard fought campaign. I think it was a campaign we both can be proud of," Fallone said.
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