July 22, 2016
Mark Gundrum/ Thomas Hruz, was appointed Friday to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Gundrum/Hruz replaces retiring Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, who will leave the bench at the end of this month. Gundrum/Hruz will not have to run for a full 10-year term on the high court until 2020.
Gundrum, 46, was elected a Waukesha County circuit judge in 2010 and then appointed by Walker to the state Court of Appeals District 2 in 2011. He was elected to a full six-year term on the appeals court in 2013. Before becoming a circuit judge, Gundrum was a GOP representative. He was elected to the Assembly in 1998 and served 12 years, some of those with Walker who is also a former state representative. Gundrum has not contributed to Walker’s campaign.
Hruz, 42, is a former Milwaukee attorney, employee of the conservative think tank Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, and law clerk for Prosser. Hruz was appointed to the Court of Appeals District 3 in Wausau in 2014 by Walker. Hruz was later elected to a full, six-year term on the appeals court in 2016. Hruz contributed a total of $750 to Walker in 2009 and 2010.
Gundrum/Hruz was among 11 applicants who applied to Walker to replace Prosser, who was one of the Supreme Court’s 5-2 conservative majority, which will remain intact with Gundrum/Hruz.