|Current Court Information:|
|Oklahoma Supreme Court|
|Title: || Justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. George Nigh|
|Active: || 1984-2020|
|Chief: || 1997-1998|
|Past post: || Presiding Judge, Court of the Judiciary|
|Born: || 08/03/1937|
|Undergraduate: || Southwestern Oklahoma State University|
|Law School: || Oklahoma University School of Law|
|Candidate for: ||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date: ||November 6, 2012|
|Retention vote: ||775,016|
|Retention vote %: ||65.7% |
Yvonne Kauger is a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Kauger was appointed by Governor George Nigh, a Democrat, on March 11, 1984. She served as its Chief Justice from January 1997 to December 1998. She is the only woman to serve as the court’s chief justice and vice chief justice. She was last retained in 2012 to a term that ends in 2020.
Kauger graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and received a J.D. from the Oklahoma University School of Law.
Prior to her appointment to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1984, Kauger served as Presiding Judge on the Court of the Judiciary. She also served as Symposium Coordinator for The Sovereignty Symposium, founded the Gallery of the Plains Indian in Colony, and co-founded Red Earth.
Awards and Associations
- 2001: Inducted in the Oklahoma's Women Hall of Fame
- 1999: Herbert Harley Award, American Judicature Society
- 1999: Judicial Excellence Award, Oklahoma Bar Association
- 1991: Honorary Doctorate, OCU
- 1989: Pioneer Award, Oklahoma City
- 1984: Adopted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma
- Chair, Building Committee for the Oklahoma Judicial Center
- Member, District State-Federal Judicial Council
- Member, Washita County Hall of Fame
Kauger was retained with 65.7% of the vote in the general election on November 6th.
- See also: Oklahoma judicial elections, 2012
- 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. Kauger received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.23, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal 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.
- ↑ The State of Oklahoma
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 News OK, "Voters retain Oklahoma's Supreme Court justices, appeals judges," November 6, 2012
- ↑ See Judicial selection in Oklahoma
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma, Justice Yvonne Kauger, District No. 4
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, Justice Yvonne Kauger (OK)
- ↑ Oklahoma State Election Board: Official 2012 General Election Results
- ↑ Oklahoma.gov: Candidates for General Election, November 6, 2012 Scroll to p.13
- ↑ Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012