Attorney Swanigan is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, California, Texas, Nevada, and Illinois, and has successfully owned and operated the law firm of Swanigan Legal Services since 2007. Attorney Swanigan has earned a national reputation as a criminal justice visionary.  Attorney Swanigan has a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and intends to use models that she has practiced in different capacities over the years to utilize evidence-based practices in Milwaukee County to lower crime and make communities safer. Attorney Swanigan is committed to improving the quality of life in Milwaukee, and restoring it to the beautiful place that she was fond of as a child.

Attorney Swanigan was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to her father, Verbie Swanigan, a decorated Milwaukee Police Sergeant, and her mother, Rhulene (Swanigan) Artis, a dedicated Milwaukee Public Schools Administrator and Teacher. Attorney Swanigan attended Catholic Schools, until her high school years where she entered MPS. At this point, Attorney Swanigan shined academically in her journey to graduate from John Marshall high school in three years, from Winona State University with a degree in Psychology and Spanish in three years, and then she excelled in the Rotary program as an exchange student in Jalapa, Veracruz Mexico. Swanigan is fluent in Spanish. Attorney Swanigan’s academic accomplishments then continued with her completing her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Management at California School of Professional Psychology, and finally her Juris Doctorate degree from Northern Illinois University.   

Attorney Swanigan is a conservative democrat. Attorney Swanigan will bring a unique perspective as the District Attorney, since she has not only worked in all areas of the justice system (from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer, Social Worker in Milwaukee at La Causa Wraparound, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Fresno County Public Defender’s Office, and private practice as a Criminal Defense attorney in Federal and State Courts) but she has also had the ability to learn how justice operates in five different jurisdictions. Accordingly, Attorney Swanigan will bring forward the best practices of all these jurisdictions to create an improved and balanced system of justice in Milwaukee County. Attorney Swanigan will definitely help this community to withstand the rough waves of the criminal storm that has resulted in Milwaukee being listed as one of the Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities, and lead Milwaukee County in a new direction that will ultimately reduce crime and restore justice to victims.   

Attorney Swanigan’s family is a great inspiration and motivator to her desire to improving Milwaukee County. Attorney Swanigan walks in the footsteps of leaders and innovators such as her uncle Federal Court Judge Lavenski Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, her great grandfather who started the first African American school in Star City, Arkansas, and her grandmother one of the first teachers who taught English and Science to pregnant girls at Lady’s Pitts High School. Additionally, Attorney Swanigan's aunt, Mary Swanigan, was instrumental to the fabric of Milwaukee's education system teaching math at Roosevelt and Custer High School throughout the year and summer school without ever missing a day. Mary Swanigan was known for being stern, fair, and caring, which are attributes that she taught and ingrained deeply into her niece Attorney Swanigan. They have taught her to work with the community, to use all the resources available to her, and to implement education in every step of the path to build a strong unified community. Attorney Swanigan understands the importance of keeping kids in school to reduce violence and prevent crime. Attorney Swanigan plans to build a partnership with the Milwaukee Public School District and the District Attorney’s Office to launch innovative programs to reduce truancy, increase mentoring opportunities for youth, and reduce bullying.