Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly isn’t ready to leave the public policy arena. Kelly, who lost his re-election bid in the April election, is joining the Institute for Reforming Government (IRG), a Madison-based “think tank” promoting conservative solutions.

According to a statement from IRG, “Kelly will lead IRG’s efforts to increase accountability and oversight on state agencies and assist in advancing free market, limited government policies in Wisconsin.”

CJ Szafir, president of IRG, said the organization was honored to have someone with Kelly’s experience and reputation.

“His experience on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, passion for furthering government reform, and leadership in the conservative movement makes him a valuable addition to our organization,” said Szafir.

Kelly said he is looking forward to making government more accountable.

“I am pleased to join the IRG team and partner with CJ Szafir,” said Kelly. “The Wisconsin Constitution charges each branch of government with the duty to protect our inherent rights — amongst which, it says, are ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’  I look forward to working with IRG to ensure that the executive branch, and its unelected bureaucrats, protect these freedoms and responsibly steward taxpayer money.”

Kelly was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Governor Scott Walker in 2016 and served until July 31, 2020. Walker is a past Honorary National Chairman of IRG.

Kelly is also a member of the board of advisors and past president of the Milwaukee Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society.