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Yvette McGee Brown

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Yvette McGee Brown
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Current Court Information:
Ohio Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Ted Strickland
Active:   2011-2012
Preceded by:   Maureen O'Connor
Past post:   Founding President, Center for Child and Family Advocacy
Past term:   2002-2009
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   Ohio University, 1982
Law School:   The Ohio State University College of Law, 1982
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Ohio
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  42.97%DefeatedD

Yvette McGee Brown was a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. She was appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to a term commencing January 1, 2011. She took the oath of office on January 8, 2011, becoming the first black woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice in Ohio.[1][2] She was defeated in the 2012 election by Sharon L. Kennedy.[3]



Brown ran for her seat in the 2012 election. She was defeated by Sharon L. Kennedy in the general election on November 6, receiving 42.97% of the vote.[3][4]

See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2012

Ohio State Bar Association ratings

In June and September, the Ohio State Bar Association rated McGee Brown as "Highly Recommended" according to eight criteria: legal knowledge and ability; professional competence; judicial temperament; integrity; diligence; health; personal responsibility; and public/community service.[5][6]



McGee Brown earned her undergraduate degree in journalism/public relations from Ohio University in 1982. In 1985, she earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law.[1]


  • 2002-2009: Founding President, Center for Child and Family Advocacy
  • 1993-2002: Judge, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
  • Attorney in private practice
  • Chief legal counsel, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and Department of Youth Services
  • Ohio Attorney General's Office[1]

Political career

Yvette McGee Brown was the 2010 Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.

Political elections

See also: Ohio lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010
Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kasich/Mary Taylor 49% 1,889,186
     Democratic Ted Strickland/Yvette McGee Brown Incumbent 47% 1,812,059
     Libertarian Ken Matesz/Margaret Ann Leech 2.4% 92,116
     Green Dennis Spisak/Anita Rios 1.5% 58,475
     Write-In David Sargent 0% 633
Total Votes 3,852,469
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State

Awards and associations

  • On March 29, 2011 she was named to the Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute[7]
  • Received YWCA Women of Achievement Award
  • Received Champion of Children Award
  • 2008 Inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame
  • Former chair, United Way of Central Ohio
  • Former chair, YWCA Board of Directors[1]

See also

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