June 22, 2016
Governor Scott Walker
The three applicants recommended to Walker by a committee of his chief of staff and others were:
Mark Gundrum, 46, a former GOP Assembly colleague of Walker who was elected a Waukesha County circuit judge in 2010 and then appointed by Walker to the state Court of Appeals in 2011;
Thomas Hruz, 42, a former Milwaukee attorney, employee of the conservative think tank Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, and Prosser law clerk. Hruz was appointed to the District 3 Court of Appeals in Wausau in 2014 by Walker;
The three finalist were among 11 applicants who originally applied for Prosser’s job. Walker said he planned to announce his choice, who does not need to run for election for a full, 10-year term on the court until 2020, before Prosser’s July 31 retirement. The court has a 5-2 conservative majority, and Prosser is one of the five conservative justices, so Walker's choice to fill Prosser's seat is unlikely to alter the ideological split.