Michigan Supreme Court elections

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The seven justices of the Michigan Supreme Court are chosen in nonpartisan elections. They serve eight-year terms and must be re-elected if they wish to continue serving.[1] For more information on these elections, visit the Michigan judicial elections page.

Incumbent judges seeking re-election may file an affidavit of candidacy requesting to be placed on the ballot, while non-incumbent candidates must either file a nominating petition or obtain a partisan nomination at a party convention. Incumbency is noted on the ballot, though party affiliation is not.[1]

Selection of the chief justice

The chief justice of the court serves a two-year term and is elected by his or her fellow justices.[1]


In order to be elected to this court, a judge must:

  • be a qualified elector;
  • be licensed to practice law in the state;
  • have at least five years of law practice experience;
  • be under the age of 70.[1]

Sitting judges who reach age 70 are allowed to serve out the remainder of their term.[2]


In the event of a midterm vacancy, the governor appoints a temporary replacement to serve until the next general election. At the governor's request, the state bar's standing committee on judicial qualifications interviews, evaluates, and rates all candidates, submitting a confidential report to the governor.[1]


See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2012

CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RoddisBob Roddis    No2.79%   DefeatedD
McCormackBridget Mary McCormack   ApprovedANo23.59%   ApprovedA
O'BrienColleen O'Brien    No21.42%   DefeatedD
KelleyConnie Marie Kelley    No21.61%   DefeatedD
DernDoug Dern    No3.38%   DefeatedD
MorganKerry L. Morgan    No4.07%   DefeatedD
MarkmanStephen Markman   ApprovedAYes23.1%   ApprovedA
Candidate Incumbent SeatPartyElection votes Election %
Diane Hathaway ApprovedA No Taylor SeatDemocratic1,852,950 49.3%
Clifford Taylor Yes Taylor SeatRepublican1,483,668 39.4%
Robert Roddis No Taylor SeatLibertarian420,823 11.1%

Election results are from the Michigan Secretary of State, 2008 General Election Results: Supreme Court.

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