|Current Court Information:|
|Kentucky Supreme Court|
|Title: || Associate justice|
|Position: || District 3 seat|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Steve Beshear|
|Active: || 2008-2019|
|Preceded by: || Joseph Lambert|
|Past post: || Attorney, private practice|
|Past term: || 2003-2008|
|Past post 2: || Judge, Kentucky Circuit Court 28|
|Past term 2: || 1984-2003|
|Born: || 1950|
|Undergraduate: || Ohio State University, 1972|
|Law School: || University of Kentucky, College of Law, 1975|
Daniel J. Venters is an associate justice of the supreme court in Kentucky. He was appointed to this position on August 8, 2008, by Democratic Governor Steve Beshear. He holds the Third Supreme Court District seat. Venters was re-elected to the court on November 2, 2010. His current term expires in 2019.
Venters received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in 1972, and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law, in 1975.
Venters ran unopposed and was retained by voters on November 2, 2010.
- Main article: Kentucky judicial elections, 2010
Venters ran unopposed and was retained by voters in 2008.
- See also: Kentucky Supreme Court elections
- 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. Venters received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.38, 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.