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Robin Jean Davis

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Robin Jean Davis
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $
Active:   1996-2024
Chief:   1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1982-1996
Personal History
Born:   4/6/1956
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1978
Law School:   West Virginia University, 1982
Grad. School:   West Virginia University, 1982
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  West Virginia
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  May 8, 2012
Primary vote:  28%ApprovedA
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  27.11%ApprovedA

Robin Jean Davis is the chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. She was elected to the court in a partisan election in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000. Her current term expires in 2024. Davis also previously served as chief justice of the court in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2010.[1]


Davis received her undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1978, and both her master's degree and J.D. from West Virginia University in 1982.[2]


After graduating from law school, Davis went into private practice until 1996, when she joined the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.[1]

Awards and associations

  • 2008: Graduate of Distinction Award, West Virginia Education Alliance
  • 2002: Distinguished West Virginian Award, from Governor Cecil H. Underwood
  • 1993: Inducted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 1991-1996: Member, West Virginia Board of Law Examiners[1]

2012 election

On June 1, 2011, Davis announced that she would seek re-election to the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2012.[3]

Davis was one of two candidates to advance from the Democratic primary on May 8. Davis won re-election in the general election on November 6, winning 27.11% of the vote.[4][5][6]

See also: West Virginia judicial elections, 2012

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. Davis received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.31, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -0.35 that justices received in West Virginia. 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.[7]

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