FOND DU LAC – Peg Lautenschlager, the first woman to serve as Attorney General in Wisconsin, has passed away. She was 62 years old.
Bill Rippl, her husband, says she died family-owned early Saturday at her home in Fond du Lac. She was diagnosed with brain tumor.
Lautenschlager served as District Attorney in Winnebago County, a Democratic State Representative, and a US attorney in Madison before being elected Attorney General in 2002.
She was beaten in a primary election In 2006, two years after she was quoted for drunk driving, she drove her state car into a ditch
In 2016, she was appointed the first commissioner of the newly established ethics committee, of which she resigned later. Her career spans more than 30 years.
Son Josh Kaul is now running for Attorney General.
Governor Scott Walker published the following statement on her death:
"Tonette and I are saddened to learn that Peg Lautenschlager." She was a dedicated and passionate civil servant who was chosen as the first woman attorney general Our thoughts and prayers go to her family during this time. "
Attorney General Brad Schimel issued the following statement on Saturday, March 31, after learning of the death of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager
"I do not know Peg well, but many of the team members of the Wisconsin Department of Justice did so, so I learned more about them, Peg loved her beliefs, cared a lot about her peers, and loved her family I appreciate her decades of public service and her involvement in Wisconsin, and many of the good officials They are now working for the people of Wisconsin at the DOJ, and their commitment lives on from their daily work. My sympathies and prayers go to Peg's family, friends and colleagues. "