Will Scott

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Will Scott
Current Court Information:
Kentucky Supreme Court
Title:   Associate justice
Position:   7th District seat
Salary:  $136,000
Active:   2004-2020
Past position:   Judge, Kentucky Circuit Courts
Past term:   1975-1980
Past position 2:   Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Pike County
Past term 2:   1981-1982
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Pikeville College
Law School:   University of Miami, School of Law, 1974
Grad. School:   University of Miami, 1975
Military service:   U.S. Army
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Supreme Court
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  May 22nd, 2012
Election date:  November 6th, 2012
Election vote:  58.1%ApprovedA

Will T. Scott is an associate justice of the supreme court in Kentucky, and he holds the 7th Supreme Court District seat. He was elected in November of 2004 and re-elected in 2005. He replaced justice Martin E. Johnstone who retired.[1] Scott was re-elected in 2012, and his current term on the court expires in 2020.[2]


Scott received his B.A. from Pikeville College, after serving in the U.S. Army. He then attended the University of Miami, School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1974, and he was awarded an M.A. in taxation in 1975.[1]


Awards and associations


  • Bronze Star, U.S. Army
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, U.S. Army
  • Combat Infantryman's Badge, U.S. Army


  • 1986: Second vice-president, Kentucky Circuit Judges Association



Scott defeated Janet Stumbo in the general election on November 6, 2012, receiving 58.1% of the vote. He continues to represent the judicial district that covers Kentucky's eastern coalfields.[3][4]


In 2004, Scott was elected to the court.

Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Will Scott ApprovedA NoStumbo Seat50.7%
Janet Stumbo YesStumbo seat49.3%


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. Scott received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.7, 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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