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Steven Zinter

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Steven Zinter
Current Court Information:
South Dakota Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Janklow
Active:   2002-2022
Past post:   Judge, South Dakota Fifth Judicial Circuit
Past chief:   1997-2002
Past term:   1987-2002
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of South Dakota, 1972
Law School:   University of South Dakota, 1975
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Retention
State:  South Dakota
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014

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.[1] He was retained again in 2014 for a term that expires in 2022.[2]



See also: South Dakota judicial elections, 2014
Zinter ran for retention to the Supreme Court. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.[2][3]


Zinter received his undergraduate degree in 1972 and his J.D. in 1975, both from the University of South Dakota.[4]


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.[5]

Awards and associations

  • Former trustee, Harry S. Truman Foundation
  • Past president, South Dakota Judges Association[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. 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.[6]

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