|John D. Minton|
|Current Court Information:|
|Kentucky Supreme Court|
|Title: || Chief justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Ernie Fletcher|
|Active: || 2006-2014|
|Preceded by: || William S. Cooper|
|Past post: || Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals|
|Past term: || 2003-2006|
|Past post 2: || Chief administrative judge, Green River Region|
|Past term 2: || 1996-2003|
|Undergraduate: || Western Kentucky University|
|Law School: || University of Kentucky College of Law, 1977|
|Candidate for: ||Kentucky Supreme Court|
|Position: ||2nd District|
|Election information 2014:|
|Primary date: ||5/20/2014|
|Election date: ||11/4/2014|
John D. Minton Jr. is the chief justice of the supreme court in Kentucky. He was appointed to the high court on July 24, 2006 by Governor Ernie Fletcher and elected to the court in November 2006. Minton represents the 2nd supreme court district. His term expires in 2014. Minton is running for re-election to the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2014.
- For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: Kentucky Supreme Court elections, 2014
- See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
| Minton is running for re-election to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
General: He will be unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Minton ran unopposed and was retained by voters in 2006.
- See also: Kentucky Supreme Court elections
Minton received his undergraduate degree in history and English from Western Kentucky University and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1977.
Awards and associations
- 2003: Outstanding Judge Award, Kentucky Bar Association
- Member, Education Committee, Kentucky Circuit Judges Association
- 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. Minton received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.4, 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.