I’m running for Attorney General to restore the Department of Justice’s mission to fight crime, support law enforcement, protect families, and enforce the rule of law.
Wisconsin’s current attorney general has been a disappointment. He has failed to support law enforcement, politicized the Department of Justice, failed to defend our election laws, has rejected the title of Wisconsin’s “Top Cop” and has begun to systematically defund the Department of Justice’s ability to prosecute cases in Wisconsin.
I grew up in a family dedicated to protecting and serving the community. I am the proud son of a frontline law enforcement officer and I watched my dad serve with distinction for more than 30 years in law enforcement, the majority of it with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office. I know the feeling many law enforcement families have of not knowing if their loved ones will return home at the end of their shift and I am fortunate that my dad returned home safely after every shift. As District Attorney, I’ve had to participate in officer involved death investigations and have sat with the family of a fallen officer, thinking that could be me on the other end of the table having a district attorney explain to me how my dad died. I proudly Back the Badge.
I support Qualified Immunity for law enforcement, and I will fight any attempts to repeal it. Qualified immunity is a necessary protection for law enforcement officials to ensure they are able to maintain law and order without the threat of legal action. Without qualified immunity I fear law enforcement officers would leave the provision in droves, increase costs for policing and negatively impact their decision-making, which would ultimately make our communities less safe. Law enforcement deserves an Attorney General who will have their back.
I support improving our criminal justice system, from the courts, to prosecutors, all the way to law enforcement. But only when working collaboratively and including our law enforcement partners in the discussion. I recognize the overwhelming majority of our law enforcement professionals are amazing women and men that would give their life to keep Wisconsin safe. I also recognize we have some bad apples, just like any profession and we don’t want them serving as law enforcement officers in our communities. Those bad apples do not represent the overwhelming majority of our amazing law enforcement professionals. As Attorney General, I will speak out when needed but never before we have all the facts and never for political reasons.
I strongly support improving and defending Wisconsin election laws. I’m prosecuting more election fraud than anyone in Wisconsin and has already convicted two defendants of breaking Wisconsin election laws in November 2020. I’m also fighting to hold the Wisconsin Election Commission Board accountable for their actions in 2020. The Attorney General is responsible for defending state law, including issuing opinions to clarify the law or filing lawsuits to defend our election laws. As Wisconsin’s Attorney General, I will fight to ensure all ballots are treated equally throughout our state, regardless of what county they are cast in.
I will rescind the devastating cuts the Attorney General has made to DOJ’s Criminal Litigation Department on my first day as Attorney General. The Attorney General has defunded the prosecution by intentionally cutting the number of prosecutors at DOJ by nearly 26%. This compromises public safety in our state by reducing the resources available for district attorneys and law enforcement in Wisconsin. His effort to balance his budget has come at the expense of community safety. By purposely understaffing DOJ Criminal Litigation Unit, it more difficult for prosecutors and law enforcement to do their jobs
I support our State and Federal Constitutions, and I will oppose federal overreach by Biden Administration. Whether it is the Second Amendment, protecting the unborn, ensuring our immigration laws are enforced fairly, and defending the rights of crime victims, our constitutional rights are sacred, and I will vigorously defend them against any federal overreach.
I oppose red flag laws. These laws serve to restrict people’s lawful right to exercise their constitutional Second Amendment rights. Wisconsin has laws on the books that guarantee due process rights for any firearm restrictions. We can’t legislate our way to safety on this issue and it will only serve to impede law-abiding citizen’s constitutional rights.
I support victims’ rights and prioritizing the fight against human trafficking, Internet crimes against children and opioid abuse. With limited resources, the Department of Justice must focus on crimes which it is uniquely designed to combat. Too often Josh Kaul has put his personal political considerations above the public good and has failed to be the “people’s lawyer” or do justice under the law.
I support curtailing unlawful administrative overreach. Wisconsin law limits administrative agency authority to that which is explicitly granted by statute. Anything not explicitly granted must go through the rule making process and I will defend these laws, as the Attorney General is required to do.
Eric Toney is dedicated to the safety and security of Wisconsin families. A tough and proven prosecutor, Eric was first elected Fond du Lac County District Attorney after a contested Republican primary election in 2012. Eric has successfully prosecuted crimes as varied as homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, drug trafficking, financial crimes, and racketeering. Eric is serving in his 9th year as the Fond du Lac County District Attorney.
As Wisconsin’s next Attorney General, Eric will restore the Department of Justice’s mission to fight crime, support law enforcement, protect families, and enforce the law.
Tough, Experienced Prosecutor
Eric Toney is dedicated to the safety and security of Wisconsin families. Eric has been serving as the Fond du Lac County District Attorney since January 7, 2013 and has successfully prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, drug trafficking, domestic violence, financial crimes, and racketeering.
An experienced attorney and prosecutor, Eric has appeared in courts across Wisconsin including appearing in Fond du Lac, Marinette, Brown, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Calumet, Winnebago, Sheboygan, Dodge, Washington, Richland, Juneau, Milwaukee, and Racine counties.
Eric helped establish a drug treatment court in Fond du Lac County and recognizes that our state needs to take an “all of the above” approach toward dealing with the ongoing methamphetamine and opioid epidemics that has raged in Wisconsin. Eric has seen firsthand the important work that is done in Fond du Lac’s drug treatment court and recognizes that incarceration is only one part of the solution in fighting the drug epidemic.
Dedicated to the Law
Born at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Eric grew up in a law enforcement family. His father retired after over 30 years as a law enforcement officer. Eric knows firsthand the dedication, sacrifice and commitment of our men and women who take an oath to serve and protect as well as the sacrifices family members of law enforcement officers make day in and day out.
Upon graduation from Fond du Lac High School, Eric earned his undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, with a double major in History and Political Science. He then graduated from Law School at Hamline University where he focused on criminal law and received a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
During each of his summers as a law student, Eric returned home to Fond du Lac to intern in the District Attorney’s Office where he was inspired to spend his career in criminal law.
As District Attorney, Eric, and other Fond du Lac County officials, led the fight to ensure communities throughout Wisconsin are no longer a dumping ground for violent sex offenders mandated to be released from the Sand Ridge Treatment facility. Instead, these violent sex offenders, if ordered released by a judge, must be returned to their county of residence and not wherever the Department of Health Services choses to place them.
As District Attorney, Eric worked with local community leaders and together they created Fond du Lac County’s first ever Drug Court. Eric and others later formed an Opioid Coalition to combat the opioid epidemic Fond du Lac has been experiencing. Eric served as chair of the coalition, helping guide the coalition’s merger with Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County.
Eric is the President-Elect of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association (WDAA) and has served in a variety of leadership positions in the WDAA including Chairman of the Legislative Committee as well as Chairman of the Communications Committee. He is also a former Secretary/Treasurer of the Association.
During the pandemic Eric helped provide pandemic guidance to local officials, local law enforcement, and district attorneys throughout Wisconsin. Eric helped coordinate with regional district attorneys to form a unified approach to dismissing safer at home charges. In August of 2020 Eric advised local officials that Governor Tony Evers exceeded his executive authority by unlawfully extending the public health emergency, beyond 60 days. This unlawful executive overreach meant the mask mandate could not be enforced. On March 31, 2021 the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the Governor’s subsequent public health emergency declarations were an unlawful extension of the original public health emergency.
During Eric’s tenure as District Attorney he has led county wide law enforcement trainings for local law enforcement officers in Fond du Lac County. Eric has also consistently provided guidance to law enforcement on complex criminal investigations to help ensure his community remains safe.
Eric volunteers in the community as a judge and trainer for Teen Court. He is also a board member of the ASTOP (sexual assault survivor advocacy non-profit) and the Fond du Lac Running Club.
Eric also volunteers with Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County and Fond du Lac County’s Health 20/20 Committee and serves on the subcommittee for Alcohol Use and Abuse.
Eric is also a proud member of the Fond du Lac County and Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Associations. Eric is also a member of the Federalist Society, Life Time Member of the NRA, a former executive board member of the Fond du Lac County Republican Party, and is a Badger Boys State alum.
Throughout his life, Eric has been an avid competitor. He began running competitively in middle school. Eric served as Captain of his high school and collegiate track and cross country teams. He enjoys spending time with his family and his dog Patton, rooting for the Packers and Badgers, attending sporting events, reading, spending time with his friends, and running. Eric has completed seven full marathons and is a proud owner of the Green Bay Packers.