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Evelyn Stratton

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Evelyn Lundberg Stratton
Current Court Information:
Ohio Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Active:   1996-2012
Succeeded by:   William O'Neill
Past position:   Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
Past term:   1989-1996
Past position:   Judge
Personal History
Born:   February 15, 1953
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   University of Akron, 1976
Law School:   The Ohio State University, 1979

Evelyn Lundberg Stratton was a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. She was appointed to this position on March 7, 1996 to a term that would have expired on January 1, 2015. However, Stratton retired on December 31, 2012.[1]


Stratton received her A.A. from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1974, her B.A. in history from the University of Akron in 1976 and her J.D. from The Ohio State University in 1979.[2][3]


Upon graduation, Stratton entered private practice, where she remained until her election as a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judge. It was during her tenure there that she received the nickname "Velvet Hammer" for her tough sentencing practices.[4]

Awards and associations

  • Co-founder and former Co-chair, Judges' Leadership Initiative
  • Angels Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • Excellence Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor, National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations[2]

Formation of health courts

Stratton helped form mental health courts in Ohio, an effort that seeks to reduce the number of citizens that cycle through trial courts. The health courts are a part of a comprehensive program that incorporates housing, counseling, medication, and employment assistance.[5]



  • On November 4, Justice Evelyn Stratton received 2,443,112 (63%) to defeat challenger Peter Sikora, who received 1,424,786 votes (37%).[6]
Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Evelyn Stratton ApprovedA YesStratton SeatRepublican63.2%
Peter Sikora NoStratton SeatDemocratic36.9%


Stratton defeated Janet Burnside, winning 55.23 percent of the vote.[7]

For her 2002 re-election, Stratton raised $1,899,313.[8]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Evelyn Stratton ApprovedA YesStratton SeatRepublican56.3%
Janet R. Burnside NoStratton SeatDemocratic44.7%


In 1996, Stratton defeated Marianna Brown Bettman, winning 58.54 percent of the vote.[9]

In her first bid for the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice Stratton raised $483,302.[10]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Marianna Brown Bettman NoTerm commencing January 2, 1997Democratic41.5%
Evelyn Stratton ApprovedA NoTerm commencing January 2, 1997Republican58.5%

Political ideology

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. Stratton received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.88, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.62 that justices received in Ohio. 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.[11]

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