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Washington Co. DA Mark Bensen not seeking re-election – Assistant DA Shepper announces candidacy

Washington Co., WI – On the heels of Washington County District Attorney announcing he will not seek re-election, comes word assistant DA Mandy Shepper will seek the seat.




Bensen has been in the Washington County district attorney’s office since 2021. He was initially named deputy district attorney in 2009 when then District Attorney Todd Martens was named to the circuit court bench by Governor Jim Doyle.


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Bensen graduated University of Wisconsin Law School in 1991. He then served in the U.S. attorney’s office in Milwaukee followed by jobs in Milwaukee County, King County, and he had been in private practice six years.

Schepper said she will run for the Washington County DA post in the November election. Schepper is running as a Republican candidate.

District Attorney Mark D. Bensen has already thrown his endorsement behind Shepper.  “Mandy has been a vital member of the District Attorney’s Office for the past 17 years. She has grown to be a leader within the office, which has led to her new role as Deputy District Attorney, effective April 22. She has my full endorsement as my successor for Washington County District Attorney,” said Bensen.

Shepper has spent 17 years in Washington County as Assistant District Attorney. She has prosecuted cases including criminal offenses, homicides, sexual assault, domestic violence, drug trafficking, and OWI cases.

Schepper has tried over 100 criminal jury trials. She interned for the Washington County DA’s Office in 2005 and began her career with the Sauk County DA’s Office in May of 2006. Shepper rejoined the Washington County DA’s Office in April of 2007.

“I will work tirelessly to ensure crime victims are heard and promise to prosecute those who commit crimes in Washington County with tenacity and vigor to the full extent of the law. I will continue to foster the strong relationship between the District Attorney’s Office and Washington County Law Enforcement Agencies to uphold Washington County’s status as one of the safest counties within the state.”

Schepper is originally from Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She has lived in West Bend since 2008. Shepper earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. She joined the AmeriCorps and served as a member from 2002-03 before enrolling at Marquette University Law School.

Shepper earned her law degree in 2006. Schepper and her husband, a Washington County native, have been married for 17 years. They share three children and two dogs.


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