Judge Paul Bugenhagen Jr Statement on Neubauer’s Misleading Ads


April 1, 2020

Amy Lunde 

MUKWONAGO –  Today, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL) released a statement calling on Judge Lisa Neubauer to retract her misleading attack ad about Judge Paul Bugenhagen. The WACDL also asks Neubauer to “acknowledge the important and fundamental role served by defense attorneys” in the justice system.

In response, Judge Paul Bugenhagen released the following statement:

“As a judge and former general practice attorney, I believe every amendment of our Constitution serves a critical purpose to the justice system. Meanwhile, my opponent’s attacks display she believes the Constitution only applies when it fits her personal agenda.  I applaud the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys for calling on Judge Neubauer to retract these misleading attacks that undermine the Constitution she swears to uphold.”

Judge Paul Bugenhagen Jr was elected Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge in 2015 after defeating a two-term incumbent. He currently presides over the criminal division of the court. He spent the four previous years in the family and probate divisions of the court and was named head of the family court division in 2018.

Bugenhagen’s campaign has been endorsed by Wisconsin Family Action PAC, the Milwaukee Police Association, Wisconsin Right to Life PAC, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Bradley, Hagedorn and Kelly, and former Justices Gableman and Prosser. 

Bugenhagen resides in Mukwonago with his wife, Crosby, and their daughter. 


The District II Appellate Court includes Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago counties. This seat is currently held by Judge Lisa Neubauer. In the 2019 Wisconsin Supreme Court election, Justice-elect Brian Hagedorn defeated Judge Lisa Neubauer by a wide margin in District II.  Bugenhagen can be found on Twitter and Facebook at @JudgeBugenhagen. The election will occur on April 7th, 2020.

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