Gov. Scott Walker's appointment of Rebecca Bradley to the State Supreme Court was the quickest in 50 years.
There were just 18 days between the death of Justice N. Patrick Crooks and Walker's appointment of Bradley. That beats by one day the time lapse between the July 23, 1964 death of Justice William Diederich and Gov. John Reynolds' Aug. 11, 1964 appointment of Nathan S. Heffernan to the high court as Diederich's successor.
The chart below shows the number of days that lapsed between the time that a pending vacancy became public knowledge and the time a replacement appointment was made.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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