Judge Pedro A. Colón was appointed to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court by Governor Jim Doyle in 2010 and has been reelected by Milwaukee County voters three times, in 2011, 2017, and 2023. He currently serves as the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division and has previously served in the felony, children, and probate divisions. On June 20, 2023, Governor Tony Evers appointed Judge Colón to fill a vacancy on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District I, beginning November 2023.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was the first Latino ever elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving Wisconsin's 8th Assembly District from 1999 to 2010. During his decade of service, he served three terms on the Joint Finance Committee and four terms on the Judiciary Committee. As an attorney, he was a partner at a Milwaukee law firm, representing clients in litigation.
Judge Colón is an active community member and currently serves as a board member of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. He is a past board member of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission and Milwaukee Area Technical College. He attended Wisconsin Avenue Elementary School and is a graduate of St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was an assistant editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.
Judge Colón has been awarded the "Spirit of Marquette" alumni award from Marquette University and the "Scales of Justice" award by the State Bar of Wisconsin for his efforts to protect immigrants in the legal system.
Judge Colón lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Betty, and has two adult daughters.
Judge Colón is currently running for a full six-year term on the court. The general election for Wisconsin Court of Appeals District 1 will be held on April 2, 2024.
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