Daniel Winfree

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Daniel Winfree
Court Information:
Alaska Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Position:   Supreme Court
Salary:  $198,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Sarah Palin
Active:   2008-2022
Preceded by:   Alexander Bryner
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1982-2008
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Oregon, 1977
Law School:   University of California, Berkeley, 1981
Grad. School:   University of California, Berkeley, 1981
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Alaska Supreme Court
State:  Alaska
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote:  165,777
Retention vote %:  64.93% ApprovedA

Daniel E. Winfree is an associate justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in the state's assisted appointment method of judicial selection in January of 2008 by Governor Sarah Palin. His current term will expire in 2022.[1]

Winfree's appointment to the Alaska Supreme Court replacing Alexander Bryner was the first appointment made to the court in almost ten years. The Fairbanks seat on the court has been filled three times since statehood, and yet Winfree is the first native Fairbanks to be appointed to the seat. Winfree maintains his chambers in Fairbanks and is the first to do so since Jay Rabinowitz in the early 1990s.[1][2]


Winfree earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Oregon in 1977. In 1981, he earned his master's degree and J.D. from the University of California - Berkeley.[1]


Following his admission to the bar, Winfree spent 25 years in private practice.[1]

Awards and associations


  • 2007: Distinguished Service Award, Alaska Bar Association


  • Board of governors, Alaska Bar Association
  • Board of trustees, Alaska Bar Foundation
  • Past president, Board of Trustees, Alaska Bar Foundation
  • Past president, Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Past president, Western States Bar Conference
  • Past member, Western States Bar Conference, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Past member, Western States Bar Conference, Ethics Committee[1]



Winfree was retained to the supreme court with 64.93 percent of the vote in the general election on November 6th.[3][4]

See also: Alaska judicial elections, 2012

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. Winfree received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.45, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.11 that justices received in Alaska. 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.[5]

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