Governor Scott Walker appoints Jackson County judge

JACKSON COUNTY, Wis. (RELEASE FROM GOV. WALKER'S OFFICE)-- Today, Governor Scott Walker appointed Anna Becker to serve as judge of the Jackson County Circuit Court, replacing recently retired Judge Thomas Lister.

“Anna Becker will make a superb judge,” said Governor Walker. “Her breadth of experience, significant involvement with the community, and firm commitment to the rule of law will be of immense value to Jackson County.”

Becker, a four-term District Attorney for Jackson County, currently serves as Family Court Commissioner where she handles child support and paternity cases along with divorce and contempt proceedings. As District Attorney, Becker appeared in court daily, and developed close working relationships with area law enforcement agencies and the surrounding community. She has experience working with civil forfeiture cases, performing guardian ad litem work and working as a self-employed attorney while she took care of her two sons. Outside of her professional life, Anna spends her time at sports and school activities for her children and operating the family alpaca farm and farm store.

Retired Jackson County Judge Robert Radcliffe wrote in for Becker, saying “The selection of Anna Becker would be in the very best interests of the citizens of Jackson County. She has earned our support in favor of her appointment as Circuit Judge,” and “would be an excellent addition to the distinguished trial judges in Wisconsin.”

Jackson County small business owners Joel and Kim Harkner, who own the fourth generation Harkner and Sons Cranberry Marsh, said Anna “is a qualified candidate and would be a strong judge for our county.” “We have had the opportunity to observe Anna display the qualities of organization, firmness, fairness, courtesy and tact,” they stated.

Becker is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Hamline School of Law. She and her husband reside in Jackson County with their two sons.

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