Judith Ann Lanzinger

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Judith Ann Lanzinger
Court Information:
Ohio Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $142,000
Selection:   Elected
Active:   2004-2016
Past post:   Judge, Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals
Past term:   2002-2004
Past post 2:   Judge, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
Past term 2:   1988-2002
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   University of Toledo, 1968
Law School:   University of Toledo College of Law, 1977
Grad. School:   University of Nevada-Reno, 1992

Judith Ann Lanzinger is a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. She was elected to the court in 2004 and her current terms ends December 31, 2016.[1]


Lanzinger earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo, her J.D. from the University of Toldeo College of Law, and her Master of Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada at Reno. She subsequently attended the Leadership Institute at the University of Memphis from 1997 to 1998.[1][2]


Awards and associations


  • 2011: Named to the Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute[3]
  • 2003: Award for Service, Common Pleas Judges Association
  • 2002: Award for Service to Judicial Education presented by Ohio Judicial College
  • 1995: Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, Toledo Women's Bar Association
  • 1994: "Order of the Heel," Toledo Junior Bar
  • 1990-1992: Scholarships, National Judicial College to pursue Master of Judicial Studies
  • 1988-1989: "Hall of Excellence" award, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
  • 1988: "Women of Toledo" honoree named by St. Vincent Medical Auxiliary
  • 1985: "Superior Judicial Service" Award, Ohio Supreme Court[1]



See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2010

On February 11, 2010, Lanzinger filed the paperwork necessary to begin her official campaign for re-election to the Ohio Supreme Court. She defeated Mary Jane Trapp in the general election, receiving 56.9% of the vote.[4][5]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Judith Ann Lanzinger ApprovedA YesTerm beginning 1/1/2011Republican56.6%
Mary Jane Trapp NoTerm beginning 1/1/2011Democratic43.4%

2004 election

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Judith Ann Lanzinger ApprovedA NoTerm beginning 1/1/2005Republican57%
Nancy A. Fuerst NoTerm beginning 1/1/2005Democratic43%

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. Lanzinger received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.91, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.62 that justices received in Ohio. 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]

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