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Yvonne Kauger

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Yvonne Kauger
Current Court Information:
Oklahoma Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. George Nigh
Active:   1984-2020
Chief:   1997-1998
Past post:   Presiding Judge, Court of the Judiciary
Personal History
Born:   08/03/1937
Undergraduate:   Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Law School:   Oklahoma University School of Law
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Oklahoma
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote:  775,016
Retention vote %:  65.7% ApprovedA

Yvonne Kauger is a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Kauger was appointed by Governor George Nigh, a Democrat, on March 11, 1984. She served as its Chief Justice from January 1997 to December 1998. She is the only woman to serve as the court’s chief justice and vice chief justice.[1] She was last retained in 2012 to a term that ends in 2020.[2][3]


Kauger graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and received a J.D. from the Oklahoma University School of Law.[4]


Prior to her appointment to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1984, Kauger served as Presiding Judge on the Court of the Judiciary. She also served as Symposium Coordinator for The Sovereignty Symposium, founded the Gallery of the Plains Indian in Colony, and co-founded Red Earth.[5]

Awards and associations


  • 2001: Inducted in the Oklahoma's Women Hall of Fame
  • 1999: Herbert Harley Award, American Judicature Society
  • 1999: Judicial Excellence Award, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • 1991: Honorary Doctorate, OCU
  • 1989: Pioneer Award, Oklahoma City[4]


  • 1984: Adopted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma
  • Chair, Building Committee for the Oklahoma Judicial Center
  • Member, District State-Federal Judicial Council
  • Member, Washita County Hall of Fame[4]



Kauger was retained with 65.7% of the vote in the general election on November 6th.[6][2][7]

See also: Oklahoma 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. Kauger received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.23, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.33 that justices received in Oklahoma. 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.[8]

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