|Gary R. Wade|
|Current Court Information:|
|Tennessee Supreme Court|
|Title: || Chief Justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Phil Bredesen|
|Active: || 2006-2016|
|Chief: || 2012-2014|
|Past post: || Judge, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals|
|Past term: || 1987-2006|
|Born: || 5/31/1948|
|Undergraduate: || University of Tennessee, 1970|
|Law School: || University of Tennessee College of Law, 1973|
Gary R. Wade is the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court on May 30, 2006 by Governor Phil Bredesen and took office on September 1, 2006. He is one of four justices on the five-justice court appointed by Bredesen.
Wade became chief justice on September 1, 2012. His two-year term will expire on August 31, 2014.
Wade was retained by Tennessee's voters to a full eight-year term on the court on August 7, 2008. His current term expires in 2016.
Wade received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1970 and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1973.
Wade was in private practice from 1973 to 1987. He served as the mayor of Sevierville from 1977 to 1987. Wade was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in 1987, and was elected 1988. He was re-elected in 1990, 1998 and 2006. Wade served as presiding judge of the court from 1998 to 2006. He was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in September 1, 2006.
Awards and associations
- 2010: Recipient of the Legacy Award from Friends of the Smokies 
- 2004: Appellate Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates
- 2004: Judicial Excellence Award, Knoxville Bar Association 
- Member, Tennessee Bar Association
- Member, Convention Delegate, American Bar Association
- Member, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member, American Inns of Court
- Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
- Member (1990-1994), Tennessee Sentencing Commission
- President (1995-1996), Tennessee Judicial Conference
- Founder and secretary, Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation 
- 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. Wade received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.14, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.02 that justices received in Tennessee. 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 rather, an academic gauge of various factors.
- Tennessee Supreme Court, Justice Biographies
- 'The Chattanoogan, "Bredesen Appoints Gary R. Wade to Tennessee Supreme Court", June 6, 2006
- The Commercial Appeal, "Tenn. tax on illegal drugs ruled unconstitutional", July 24, 2009
- KnoxNews.com, "'Slobberknocker of debate is expected," August 19, 2011
- ↑ Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, Press Release: "Justice Gary R. Wade to be Sworn as New Chief Justice on September 1, 2012," August 28, 2012
- ↑ August 7, 2008 judicial retention results
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Tennessee Supreme Court, Justice Biographies
- ↑ Blount Today "Justice Gary Wade honored by Friends of the Smokies", February 17, 2010
- ↑ Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012