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Elise Givhan Spainhour

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Elise Givhan Spainhour
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Current Court Information:
Kentucky Circuit Court 55
Title:   Family court judge
Active:   2007-2023
Past position:   Attorney, General practice
Past term:   1977-2006
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of the South, 1974
Law School:   Vanderbilt University, 1977
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Circuit Court 55
Position:  2nd Division
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Elise Givhan Spainhour is a family court judge for the county of Bullitt County Family Court of the 55th Judicial Circuit. It serves Bullitt County in Kentucky.[1] Spainhour was elected to the court on in 2006 and was re-elected without opposition in 2014.[2] Her current eight-year term expires on January 1, 2023.[3]



See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Spainhour ran for re-election to the 55th Judicial Circuit.
General: She was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]


Spainhour received her undergraduate degree from the University of the South, Sewanee in 1974 and her J.D. from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1977.[5][6]


Before she became a judge, Spainhour worked as an attorney in general practice for thirty years. She has also previously served as an assistant attorney for Bullitt County.[6][7]

Awards and associations


  • 2010: Judge of the Year, CASA[8]
  • 2008: New Judge of the Year, CASA
  • 2008: Judge of the Year, Bullitt County CASA[6]


  • Member, Bullitt County Bar Association
  • Member, Louisville Bar Association
  • Member, Kentucky Bar Association[6]

See also

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