Carol Ronning Kapsner

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Carol Ronning Kapsner
Court Information:
North Dakota Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $144,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Ed Schafer
Active:   1998-2021
Preceded by:   Herbert L. Meschke
Past post:   Founder, Kapsner and Kapsner
Past term:   1977-1998
Personal History
Born:   11/25/1947
Undergraduate:   College of St. Catherine
Law School:   University of Colorado School of Law, 1977
Grad. School:   Indiana University

Carol Ronning Kapsner is a justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. She was first appointed to the court in 1998 by Republican Governor Ed Schafer. She was subsequently elected in 2000 to a full 10-year term on the court and re-elected in 2010. Her current term expires on January 1, 2021.[1]


Kapsner received her B.A. in English literature from the College of St. Catherine, her M.A. in English literature from Indiana University, and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1977.[1]




Kapsner was re-elected with 99.35 percent of the vote.[2]

Main article: North Dakota judicial elections, 2010

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Kapsner received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.2, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 1.00 that justices received in North Dakota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[3]

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