Peg Lautenschlager

American politician, district attorney and prosecutor

Peggy Ann "Peg" Lautenschlager (November 22, 1955 – March 31, 2018)[1] was an American attorney and politician. He was the first chair of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission.[2][3]

Peg Lautenschlager
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1st Chair of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission
In office
July 11, 2016 – April 8, 2017
Preceded byCommission established
Succeeded byDavid R. Halbrooks
42nd Attorney General of Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byJim Doyle
Succeeded byJ. B. Van Hollen
United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin
In office
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byKevin C. Potter
Succeeded byJ. B. Van Hollen
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 52nd district
In office
Personal details
Peggy Ann Lautenschlager

(1955-11-22)November 22, 1955
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMarch 31, 2018(2018-03-31) (aged 62)
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.
Cause of deathOsteosarcoma and breast cancer
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Bill Rippl
ResidenceFond du Lac, Wisconsin

Lautenschlager was Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2007. She replaced fellow Democrat Jim Doyle when Doyle was elected Governor of Wisconsin in 2002.

Lautenschlager was the first woman in history to have been elected Wisconsin Attorney General.[4]

Lautenschlager died on March 31, 2018 at her home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin of breast and bone cancer, aged 62.[5][6][7]


  1. "Former Governor Jim Doyle issues statement on former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager death". WMTV. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. Mark Sommerhauser. "Ethics Commission chairwoman Peg Lautenschlager resigns". Wisconsin State Journal, April 8, 2017. Accessed November 19, 2017.
  3. "Peg Lautenschlater, Brian Bell chosen to lead new ethics commission". Wisconsin State Journal.[permanent dead link]
  4. "Former attorney general Lautenschlager appointed to Wisconsin ethics panel". 11 March 2016.
  5. Opoien, Jessie (March 31, 2018). "Peg Lautenschlager, first woman to serve as Wisconsin attorney general, dies at 62". The Capital Times. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  6. Former Wisconsin AG and FDL Native Peg Lautenschlager Dies,; accessed April 1, 2018.
  7. Rick Barrett and Annysa Johnson. "Former state Rep. and Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager has died". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 31, 2018.