Susan was elected Jefferson County District Attorney in November 2008 with 56% of the vote becoming the first Democratic District Attorney in Jefferson County since 1938. She was re-elected in November 2012 without opposition.
Born and raised in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where both her parents worked as public school teachers, Susan learned the value of hard work. Throughout high school and college, Susan worked as a residential living assistant at St. Coletta’s, a home for developmentally disabled children and adults. Susan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 with distinction, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Russian.
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In 1996, Susan entered the UW-Madison Law School where she served as a member and Articles Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. Susan graduated from law school in 1998, and practiced law in Jefferson for more than six years at Monogue & Witt S.C. In 2005, Susan started her own practice, Happ Law Office. She worked there until she was elected as Jefferson County District Attorney in 2008.
As District Attorney she is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes in Jefferson County, and is also the administrator for the District Attorney’s office including budgeting and staffing. In her first full year as District Attorney, Susan saved the Jefferson County taxpayers $81,825 by cutting back on costs, working with other departments and running the District Attorney’s office just as she would her business. Since she has been District Attorney, Susan’s fiscal responsibility has saved taxpayers over $250,000.
Throughout her life, Susan has been actively involved in her community, working and volunteering at St. Coletta’s School in Jefferson and various community service organizations. Susan has participated in mock trial presentations sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Trial Lawyers and has presented at the WACDL OWI Seminar, Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators and the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association.
Susan is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar, Jefferson County Bar Association, Rotary Club of Jefferson and St. John’s Catholic Church in Jefferson. Susan serves as legal counsel and is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Tomorrow’s Hope, Inc. of Jefferson.
Susan is an avid runner and enjoys reading, riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with her daughter, Haley, and her husband, Dale Rupprecht.