Come November 18, Pedro Colón will become the first Latino Judge to the Court of Appeals – District I.
Colón was appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers earlier this year, to fill the vacancy that will be created by Judge Timothy G. Dugan’s retirement. Colón will complete a term ending July 31, 2024.
“Judge Colón has dedicated his life to public service on behalf of the people of Milwaukee,” said Gov. Evers. “His dedication to his community, breadth of experiences, and commitment to applying the law impartially and fairly will make him an excellent judge on the Court of Appeals.”
Colón has served on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in Branch 18 since 2010, a position to which he has been elected three times.
“I have had the honor of serving this community for nearly 25 years as a legislator and a judge, and I am looking forward to now taking my experiences to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals,” said Colón. “With my understanding of the legal system and my commitment to equality and justice, I will provide a valuable
perspective to the court and help ensure that all Wisconsinites have equal access to justice.”
Prior to his service on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Colón was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998, where he represented the 8th District until 2010. He was the first Latino elected to the state legislature.
Born in Puerto Rico, Colón grew up in Milwaukee. He attended Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Law School. In addition to his public service, which has also included serving on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Commission and the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board, Colón is a trustee on the Greater Milwaukee Foundation board of directors and has volunteered
extensively in his community.
Judge Colón has two daughters and lives in the City of Milwaukee with his wife, Betty.
(Photo courtesy Judge Pedro Colon)