Jim Kitchens

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This page is about the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice. If you are looking for information on the Mississippi Circuit Court Judge, see James T. Kitchens.

Jim Kitchens
Court Information:
Mississippi Supreme Court
Title:   Associate Justice
Salary:  $122,000
Active:   2008-2016
Past position:   Attorney, private practice
Past term:   1982-2008
Past position 2:   District Attorney, Mississippi Fourteenth Judicial District
Past term 2:   1971-1982
Personal History
Born:   April 29, 1943
Undergraduate:   University of Southern Mississippi, 1964
Law School:   University of Mississippi, 1967

Jim "Kitch" Kitchens is an associate justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court. He was elected in 2008 and his current term ends in 2016.


Kitchens received a B.S. degree in 1964 from the University of Southern Mississippi and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1967.[1]



2008 election

Kitchens won 53.4% of the vote, defeating sitting Chief Justice James W. Smith.[3]

Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Jim Kitchens ApprovedA NoDistrict 1, Position 353.4%
James W. Smith YesDistrict 1, Position 336%
Ceola James NoDistrict 1, Position 310.4%

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. Kitchens received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.46, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.69 that justices received in Mississippi. 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.[4]

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