John D. Minton, Jr.

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John D. Minton
Court Information:
Kentucky Supreme Court
Title:   Chief justice
Salary:  $141,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Ernie Fletcher
Active:   2006-2023
Chief:   2008-Present
Preceded by:   William S. Cooper
Past post:   Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals
Past term:   2003-2006
Past post 2:   Chief administrative judge, Green River Region
Past term 2:   1996-2003
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Western Kentucky University
Law School:   University of Kentucky College of Law, 1977
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Supreme Court
Position:  2nd District
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

John D. Minton Jr. is the chief justice of the supreme court in Kentucky. He was appointed to the high court on July 24, 2006, by Governor Ernie Fletcher and elected to the court in November 2006. He represents the second supreme court district.[1]

Minton was re-elected without opposition in 2014, winning an eight-year term that expires on January 1, 2023.[2][3]



For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: Kentucky Supreme Court elections, 2014
See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Minton ran for re-election to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
General: He was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


Minton ran unopposed and was retained by voters in 2006.[4]

See also: Kentucky Supreme Court elections


Minton received his undergraduate degree in history and English from Western Kentucky University and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1977.[5]


Awards and associations


  • 2003: Outstanding Judge Award, Kentucky Bar Association[1]


  • Member, Education Committee, Kentucky Circuit Judges Association[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. Minton received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.4, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.17 that justices received in Kentucky. 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.[6]

See also

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