Kansas Supreme Court By The Numbers:


Former prosecutor

Both a former prosecutor & public defender

  • 7 total seats
  • 0 current vacancies
  • 3 prosecutors
  • 1 public defender
  • 1 Justice is both a former prosecutor & public defender
  • 0 Justices have other indigent defense experience
  • 0 civil rights lawyers

How Members of the Kansas Supreme Court are Selected:

Appointment, Retention Election

The governor appoints justices from a list submitted by the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission, which consists of representatives from each congressional district. Justices serve a one-year term and then face a retention election to secure a full six-year term. Subsequent retention elections occur in the next even-year general election after their six-year term ends.

Selection method sources:

Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map