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Bill Cunningham

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Bill Cunningham
Current Court Information:
Kentucky Supreme Court
Title:   Associate justice
Position:   1st District seat
Salary:  $136,000
Active:   2007-2023
Past position:   Judge, 56th Judicial Circuit Court
Past term:   1991-2007
Past position 2:   Trial commissioner, Lyon County District Court
Past term 2:   1989-1991
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Murray State University, 1962
Law School:   University of Kentucky College of Law, 1969
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Supreme Court
Position:  1st District
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Bill Cunningham is an associate justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. He was elected to the court in November 2006 to the 1st Supreme Court District seat.[1][2] He was later re-elected without opposition in 2014, winning another eight-year term that expires on January 1, 2023.[3]


For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: Kentucky Supreme Court elections, 2014


See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Cunningham ran for re-election to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
General: He was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]


Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Bill Cunningham ApprovedA No1st District61.3%
Rick Johnson No1st District38.7%


Cunningham received his undergraduate degree from Murray State University in 1962 and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1969.[5]


  • 2007-2023: Associate justice, Kentucky Supreme Court
  • 1991-2007: Judge, 56th Judicial Circuit
  • 1989-1991: Trial commissioner, Lyon County District Court
  • 1981-1985: Hearing officer, Kentucky Board of Claims
  • 1976-1988: Attorney, 56th Judicial Circuit
  • 1974-1991: Attorney, City of Eddyville
  • 1974-1976: Public defender, Kentucky State Penitentiary[1]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook 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. Cunningham received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.22, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.17 that justices received in Kentucky. 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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