|Current Court Information:|
|South Dakota Supreme Court|
|Title: || Justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Bill Janklow|
|Active: || 2002-2022|
|Past post: || Judge, South Dakota Fifth Judicial Circuit|
|Past chief: || 1997-2002|
|Past term: || 1987-2002|
|Undergraduate: || University of South Dakota, 1972|
|Law School: || University of South Dakota, 1975|
|Candidate for: ||Supreme Court|
|State: ||South Dakota|
|Election information 2014:|
|Election date: ||11/4/2014|
|Election vote: ||81.8%|
Steven L. Zinter is an associate justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, representing the Third District. Republican Governor Bill Janklow appointed him to the court in 2002. Zinter was retained in 2006. He was retained again in 2014 for a term that expires in 2022.
- See also: South Dakota judicial elections, 2014
| Zinter was retained to the Supreme Court with 81.8% of the vote on November 4, 2014.
Zinter received his undergraduate degree in 1972 and his J.D. in 1975, both from the University of South Dakota.
Zinter was an attorney in private practice from 1978 to 1986, and served as an assistant attorney general for the state of South Dakota from 1975 to 1978. He was also a state's attorney for Hughes County. In 1987, Zinter was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court. He became the presiding judge in 1997. In 2002, Zinter joined the South Dakota Supreme Court.
Awards and associations
- Former trustee, Harry S. Truman Foundation
- Past president, South Dakota Judges Association
- 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. Zinter received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.23, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 1.05 that justices received in South Dakota. 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.
- ↑ South Dakota Secretary of State, "2006 Supreme Court retention election results"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 South Dakota Secretary of State, "Offices to be filled in the 2014 Elections," accessed October 2, 2014
- ↑ South Dakota Secretary of State, "Supreme court justice retention letters," January 7, 2014
- ↑ ‘’South Dakota Secretary of State’’, “Statewide Ballot Questions, Judicial Retentions,” November 4, 2014
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Justice Steven L. Zinter (SD)"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 South Dakota Unified Judicial System, "South Dakota Supreme Court," accessed December 18, 2014
- ↑ Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012