Joel Horton

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Joel Horton
Court Information:
Idaho Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $122,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Butch Otter
Active:   2007-2021
Preceded by:   Linda Copple Trout
Past post:   Judge, Idaho Fourth Judicial District
Past term:   1996-2007
Past post 2:   Judge, Ada County Magistrate Court
Past term 2:   1994-1996
Personal History
Born:   1943
Undergraduate:   University of Washington, 1982
Law School:   University of Idaho College of Law, 1985
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Horton seat
State:  Idaho
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary vote:  65.8%ApprovedA
Election date:  5/20/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Joel Horton is an associate justice of the five member Idaho Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the court in the state's commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection for filling judicial vacancies by Governor Butch Otter in September 2007 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Linda Copple Trout. Justice Horton was successfully retained to an additional six-year term on May 27, 2008.[1][2] He ran for re-election in 2014 and won another six-year term that will expire in 2021.[3]



See also: Idaho judicial elections, 2014
Horton ran for re-election to the Idaho Supreme Court.
Primary: He was elected in the primary on May 20, 2014, receiving 65.8 percent of the vote. He competed against William "Breck" Seiniger.


Idaho Supreme Court, Associate Justice
2008 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Joel Horton Green check mark transparent.png 75,691 50.1%
John Bradbury 75,438 49.9%
  • Click here for 2008 General Election Results from the Idaho Secretary of State.

On May 27, 2008, Horton was re-elected to the court for a six-year term defeating his competitor John Bradbury. The election was extraordinarily close, with Horton winning 74,849 votes to 74,573 for Bradbury, a margin of difference of 276 votes.[4]


Horton received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1982 and his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1985.[1]


Political outlook

See also: Political outlook 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. Horton received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.21, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.75 that justices received in Idaho. 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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