Judge Gerald C. Nichol is a resident of Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1957 and the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1963. He was in private practice from 1963 to 1988, except for 1970 to 1972, when he was elected Dane County District Attorney as a Republican. During his private practice, he served as a Special Counsel to both the Office of Lawyer Regulation and the State Ethics Board. Judge Nichol served as a Town of Madison Municipal Court Judge from 1974 to 1987 before being elected a nonpartisan Dane County Circuit Court Judge in 1988. He was reelected in 1994 and 2000, and served until 2004.
Judge Nichol 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, 2012. His appointment to the Board was confirmed by the State Assembly in 2008. In February 2012 he was re-nominated by the candidate committee. Governor Walker reappointed Judge Nichol to the Board on June 21, 2012, for a term to expire in 2018. Judge Nichol was vice-chairperson of the Board for 2013, and chairperson for 2015.