Leroy Millette

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Leroy Millette
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Court Information:
Supreme Court of Virginia
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $189,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Tim Kaine
Active:   2009-2015
Preceded by:   Steven Agee
Past post:   Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals
Past term:   2008-2009
Past post 2:   Judge, Prince William Circuit Court
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   College of William and Mary, 1971
Law School:   Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William and Mary, 1974

Leroy F. Millette, Jr. is a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He was appointed to the court by former Governor Tim Kaine in 2008. Millette was confirmed by the Virginia General Assembly on February 11, 2009, to a full 12-year term ending on January 31, 2021.[1] On April 28, 2015, Millette announced he will retire from the court on July 31, 2015.[2][3]


Millette received his undergraduate degree in economics in 1971 from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. in 1974 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William and Mary.[4]


After graduating from law school, Millette entered private practice. His first position on the bench was as a substitute judge for the juvenile and general district courts. In 1990, he joined the General District Court. Three years later, Millette was elevated to the Circuit Court of Prince William County. While serving in the circuit court, he presided over the capital murder trial of John Allen Muhammed, the Beltway Sniper, confirming the jury's sentence of death, and was also involved in aspects of the Lorena Bobbitt trial in 1993. In 2008, Millette joined the Virginia Court of Appeals. He was elected to the Virginia Supreme Court in 2009.[4]

Awards and associations

  • 1986: Named one of a dozen up-and-coming young lawyers in Washington, D.C., Washingtonian Magazine[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. Millette received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.95, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.11 that justices received in Virginia. 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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