Josh has spent much of his career working to keep families safe and to protect the right to vote.
Josh served as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, one of America’s most violent cities. There, Josh worked closely with law enforcement on complex investigations and saw the impact that crime can have. He prosecuted murderers, gang members, and drug traffickers, taking dangerous criminals off the street and making communities more secure.
When Josh came home to Wisconsin to raise a family, he took on a new challenge: protecting our right to vote. In recent years, state legislatures around the country have made it more difficult to vote in a variety of ways—from reducing early voting to eliminating options for registering to vote. Josh has gone to court to fight back against these laws that restrict access to the ballot box.
Josh grew up in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac, where he attended public schools. He played fullback on his high school football team and first base on the baseball team. Josh’s mom, Peg Lautenschlager, spent much of her career working as a prosecutor, and his step-dad, Bill Rippl, was a police officer.
Josh went to college at Yale, where he met his wife, Lindsey. He majored in history and economics and graduated with honors. He then attended Stanford Law School, where he served as President of the Stanford Law Review.
Josh began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin, who was then the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. After his clerkship, Josh worked for Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C.
Josh and Lindsey are the proud parents of two young boys, Simon and Henry.