Janet Stumbo

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Janet L. Stumbo
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Court Information:
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Title:   Judge
Position:   7th District, 2nd Division
Salary:  $130,000
Active:   2007-2023
Past position:   Teacher, College and High School
Past term:   2004-2006
Past position 2:   Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court
Past term 2:   1993-2004
Personal History
Hometown:   Floyd County, Kentucky
Undergraduate:   Morehead State University
Law School:   University of Kentucky College of Law
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Supreme Court
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  May 22nd, 2012
Election date:  November 6th, 2012
Election vote:  41.9%DefeatedD
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Court of Appeals
Position:  7th District, 2nd Division
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  64.5%ApprovedA

Janet L. Stumbo is a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 7th Appellate District. She was first elected to this position in 1989 and served until 1993, when she was selected to serve as a Kentucky Supreme Court justice until 2004.

Stumbo ran for election to the court of appeals a second time in November 2006 and was successful in her bid, taking office on January 1, 2007.[1] She sought re-election in 2014 and won, earning another eight-year term that expires on January 1, 2023.[2]



See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Stumbo ran for re-election to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
General: She defeated W. Kent Varney in the general election on November 4, 2014, receiving 64.5 percent of the vote.[3]


Stumbo was defeated for a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court by incumbent Justice Will T. Scott in the November 6, 2012 general election. She received 41.9% of the vote. She previously served on the Supreme Court from 1993 to 2004.[4][5]

On April 24, 2012 it was announced that Stumbo had earned the endorsement of the United Mine Workers of America, a powerful group in the district in which she sought election.[5]


In 2004, Stumbo lost her bid for re-election to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Will T. Scott ApprovedA NoStumbo Seat50.7%
Janet Stumbo YesStumbo Seat49.3%



Stumbo is a native of Floyd County, Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree from Morehead State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.[1]


Stumbo began her legal career as a staff attorney for an appellate judge. In 1982, she joined the law firm Turner, Hall & Stumbo, PSC and focused on workers' compensation, federal black lung claims, dissolution of marriage and personal injury cases. Stumbo served as an assistant Floyd County attorney for three years. From 1983 to 1989, she was on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky. In 1989, before her first election to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, she joined the firm Stumbo, DeRossett & Pillersdorf. She was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in 1993 and served there until 2004. After this, Stumbo taught college and high school law classes until her second election to the Court of Appeals in 2006.[1]

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