Josh Kaul is a former federal prosecutor who has tried significant voting-rights cases. He’s taking on Republican incumbent Brad Schimel in the race for Wisconsin Attorney General.
Kaul is running to bring change to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He’s advocated for a more aggressive response to the opioid epidemic. He’s spoken out about the need to eliminate Wisconsin’s rape-kit and DNA- and toxicology-testing backlogs. He believes that Wisconsin needs effective, even-handed enforcement of its environmental, consumer-protection, and labor laws. And he understands that Wisconsin’s AG should be an independent watchdog for all Wisconsinites, not another political player.
Early Life and Education
Kaul grew up in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. He attended public schools and played high school football and baseball.
Kaul went to college at Yale University. He majored in history and economics and graduated with honors. Kaul earned his law degree at Stanford, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review.
As an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore, Kaul prosecuted murderers, gang members, and drug traffickers. He served as the lead prosecutor in a case in which three defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, and he was the lead prosecutor through the original indictment of members of rival gangs that operated in the Cherry Hill neighborhood in Baltimore.
As an attorney in private practice, Kaul worked on a challenge to restrictive voting measures in Wisconsin that resulted in a finding by a federal district court that several of the challenged measures were unconstitutional. Kaul was also one of the attorneys involved in the successful challenge to voting restrictions that were enacted in North Carolina in 2013.
Kaul lives in Madison with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young sons, Simon and Henry. Kaul is the proud owner of one share of the Green Bay Packers.