John F. Reif is a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Democratic Governor Brad Henry appointed him on October 22, 2007. Reif was sworn into office on January 23, 2008 and retained by voters in November 2008. He will face another retention election in 2014, when his 6-year term ends.
Reif received his B.S. degree from the University of Tulsa in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa in 1977.
Awards and associations
- 1995: President's Distinguished Service Award, Oral Roberts University
- 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. Reif received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.26, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less conservative than the average CF score of 0.33 that justices received in Oklahoma. 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.