Judge Thomas Cane is a resident of Wausau, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Michigan (BBA), Marquette University Law School (JD), and the University of Virginia Law School with an advanced Law Degree (LLM). He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1967 as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General branch while stationed on Okinawa and also serving in Viet Nam. He was later in private law practice and served as an Outagamie County Deputy District Attorney from 1969 until 1972, when he was appointed a nonpartisan Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge by Governor Patrick Lucey, and was later elected to two terms. In 1981 he was appointed to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Court of Appeals District III bench by Governor Lee Dreyfus, then elected to the court in four subsequent terms, where he served for 26 years until his retirement in 2007. He has never held a partisan elected office.
Judge Cane was nominated by the Government Accountability Candidate Committee and appointed as one of the first six Government Accountability Board members in 2008 by Governor Jim Doyle for a term to expire May 1, 2013. His appointment to the Board was confirmed by the State Assembly in 2008.