Judge David G. Deininger is a resident of Monroe, Wisconsin. He is a 1969 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis who served on nuclear submarines during the Vietnam era. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1978 and practiced law in Monroe before being elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly as a Republican, serving from 1987 to 1994. He was elected to the nonpartisan office of Green County Circuit Court Judge in 1994 before being appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson in 1996 to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV bench. He was elected in 1997 and re-elected in 2003 without opposition, retiring in 2007, and he now serves as a Reserve Judge.
Judge Deininger 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. His appointment to the Board was confirmed by the State Assembly in 2008. He was the Board’s first chairperson.
However, it was later determined that Judge Deininger was ineligible to serve on the Board because, even though he had retired from the Court of Appeals, the Attorney General advised that “the term for which he was elected” was not yet complete as required by law. Based on that advice, Judge Deininger resigned from the Board. In 2010, Judge Deininger was nominated again by the Government Accountability Candidate Committee, and appointed by Governor Doyle to fill a vacancy in May of that year. Before Judge Deininger could be confirmed by the State Senate, newly-elected Governor Scott Walker pulled back the appointment in January 2011 and immediately reappointed Judge Deininger to a term that expires in May 2016. Judge Deininger’s appointment has not yet been confirmed by the State Senate. He was Board chairperson in 2012.