John Yoder

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John Yoder
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Court Information:
Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit, West Virginia
Title:   Judge
Active:   2008-2016
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Chapman University
Law School:   University of Kansas School of Law
Grad. School:   University of Chicago
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  West Virginia
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  May 8, 2012
Primary vote:  
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  23.92%DefeatedD

John Yoder is a judge for the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit, which presides over Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties in West Virginia.[1] He was elected to the court in 2008.[2]


Yoder received his undergraduate degree from Chapman University, his master's degree from the University of Chicago, and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.[3]


Yoder served as a judge for the Kansas Ninth Judicial District beginning in 1976. In 1980 he was selected to serve as a judicial fellow with the Supreme Court of the United States. He continued on as a special assistant to the chief justice of the United States until 1983. In 1983, Yoder became a federal prosecutor. He was also appointed by President Reagan to serve as the first director of the Asset Forfeiture Office at the Department of Justice. Judge Yoder was also a West Virginia State Senator who represented the 16th Senatorial District in West Virginia for eight years until his election to the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit in 2008.[2][3]

Election history

2012 election

Yoder ran for a seat on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 2012. Since there were two seats in contention and two Republicans running, neither competed in the primary election on May 8. Yoder was defeated in the general election on November 6, receiving 23.92% of the vote.[4][5]

See also: West Virginia judicial elections, 2012

2010 Supreme Court bid

See also: West Virginia judicial elections, 2010

Yoder lost narrowly to Democrat incumbent Thomas E. McHugh, receiving 49.1% of the vote to McHugh's 50.8%.[6] Yoder ran as a Republican candidate for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The seat for which he ran was held by justice Joseph Albright who passed away in 2009 with a term expiring in 2012. Governor Manchin appointed Thomas E. McHugh to fill the seat until the 2010 election, when someone would be elected to fill the remaining two years of Albright's term.[2][7]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyPrimary %Election %
Thomas E. McHugh ApprovedA YesMcHugh SeatDemocratic100%50.8%
John Yoder NoMcHugh SeatRepublican100%49.1%


Yoder previously ran for the Supreme Court in 1996 and 2000.[2]

"I believe it is extremely important to have a justice on the Supreme Court with prior legislative experience who respects the distinction between the legislative and judicial process and to provide balance on the court. As a former legislator who has served in all three branches of government, I recognize and respect the fact that it is the role of the legislature, and not the judiciary, to enact legislation and make social policy. As a justice, I will respect those boundaries while strictly interpreting and upholding the law. At the same time, if legislative actions violate the Constitution, I will not hesitate to uphold the Constitution."[9]

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