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Barrett sworn in as Sauk County judge

August 2, 2018

Former Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett was sworn in Wednesday as the county’s newest circuit court judge.

Barrett. who lives in Sauk City, narrowly defeated Reedsburg Municipal Judge Sandra Cardo Gorsuch in the April election after a recount confirmed her victory by a 26-vote margin. She takes over for Branch III Judge Guy Reynolds, who was first elected in 2000 and opted not to seek a fourth term in office.

“All of you have made me feel very humble and honored here today,” Barrett told a room full of people who attended her swearing in ceremony at the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo.

She said she is excited to go back to work with a courthouse family that she came to know during 18 years as district attorney.

Barrett, began working as a medical technologist in 1971, and later decided to pursue a career in law. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1986, and then worked for multiple firms before she was elected district attorney as a Republican. She served in that role from 1995 to 2013.

Retired Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Taggart, who worked with Barrett as a private attorney and served on the bench during her time as district attorney, described her as an intelligent and common sense litigator who enjoys the courtroom.

“Often times, lawyers don’t want any part of the courtroom,” Taggart said. “She thrived on being in the courtroom.”

Barrett’s stepson, Steve Barrett, a television reporter with WFTV-Channel 9 in Orlando, said whenever he got out of line as a child, his stepmother was there to keep order.

“The most important thing to her was always being fair and impartial, at the dinner table, as a prosecutor here in Sauk County, and now in a courtroom downstairs,” he said.

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