- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Judge Paul Higginbotham, the first African-American to serve as a Wisconsin appellate court judge, says he won’t seek re-election to the Madison-based 4th District Court of Appeals.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1TopDG2 ) that Higginbotham is ending 23 years as a judge in a career filled with firsts. He was appointed Madison’s first municipal court judge in 1992 and elected Dane County’s first African-American judge in 1994. Then-Gov. Jim Doyle appointed him to the appeals court in 2003.

Higginbotham will serve until his current six-year term ends on July 31, 2017. An election to replace him will take place in April 2017.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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