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Wisconsin Spotlight | Oct. 23, 2020

MADISON — Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel is joining the Institute for Reforming Government. 

Kelly, a champion of legal originalism will serve as Senior Fellow in Constitutional Governance, leading IRG’s efforts to increase accountability and oversight of state agencies and advancing free market, limited government policies, according to the institute’s press release.  

“We couldn’t be more honored to have Justice Kelly join the Institute for Reforming Government. His experience on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, passion for furthering government reform and leadership in the conservative movement makes him a valuable addition to our orgaanization,” said CJ Szafir, president of the limited government non-profit. 

In April, Kelly lost his bid for a full term on the bench. He was defeated by judicial activist Jill Karofsky. The Madison liberal in less than three months on the bench has already shown that she is willing to ignore the constitution in defending unelected health bureaucrats’ attempts to expand government power and curtail civil liberties. 

Kelly was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Gov. Scott Walker in 2016 and served until July 31, 2020. While on the court, he issued landmark decisions dealing with reining in the administrative state, free speech, and limited government. 

He has 19 years of experience as a private practice attorney in Wisconsin and has represented clients in cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Kelly is a member of the board of advisors and past president of the Milwaukee Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society.

“The Wisconsin Constitution charges each branch of government with the duty to protect our inherent rights — amongst which, it says, are ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’” Kelly said in the press release. “I look forward to working with IRG to ensure that the executive branch, and it’s unelected bureaucrats, protect these freedoms and responsibly steward taxpayer money.”

IRG seeks to simplify government at every level by offering policy solutions to thought leaders in American government in the areas of tax reform, government inefficiency, and burdensome regulations.

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