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The Wisconsin Constitution gives the Wisconsin Legislature “the power of impeaching all civil officers of this state for corrupt conduct in office, or for crimes and misdemeanors.” (Civil officer is not defined, however.)

If a majority of the state Assembly votes in favor of impeachment, the state Senate tries the impeachment. If two-thirds of the state Senate votes in favor of conviction, an impeached official would be removed and could be disqualified from holding “any office of honor, profit or trust under the state.” Republicans now have a two-thirds majority in the state Senate as a result of the 2022 midterm elections.

The provision allows for the impeachment of state elected officials such as governor, lieutenant governor and judges.

The only impeachment proceedings in Wisconsin history took place against a state Supreme Court justice in the mid-1800s — and he was acquitted. 


Ballotpedia: Article VII, Wisconsin Constitution

Wisconsin State Legislature: Wisconsin Legislative Council information memorandum: Removal of elected officials

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Republicans fell short of a legislative supermajority, but they now have enough senators to impeach state officials, speed up bills

Wisconsin Courts: Wisconsin Court System

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.