This election for the Ohio Supreme Court is between incumbent Justice Pat Fischer and Judge Terri Jamison of the Ohio Court of Appeals.
The Ohio Supreme Court is currently regarded as conservative, with a 4-3 Republican majority. All three seats on the ballot this year are held by Republicans. Ohio Supreme Court justices have previously been elected in nonpartisan elections. This year justices are running under partisan labels, with Fischer a Republican and Jamison a Democrat.
The Ohio Supreme Court decides questions of state law that often have a significant impact on state policy and individual rights. The Court recently decided cases involving the validity of the Ohio State Legislature’s redistricting (the process of redrawing the boundaries of Ohio’s political districts), reduction of bail for a man accused of murder, infringement of the First Amendment by an education board’s ban on picketing, and whether a fine is unconstitutionally excessive. The Court is also set to rule on whether individuals accused of violent crimes may possess guns. Recent state legislation that may come before the Court ranges from a ban on abortion after six weeks to restrictions on discussion of sexuality or gender in schools. The election for this position may determine whether the Court leans conservative or liberal.
Justice Pat Fischer is a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. He was first elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2016. Fischer is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Beginning in 2010, Fischer served on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the judiciary, he was in private practice for 27 years.
Judge Terri Jamison is a judge on the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, elected in 2020. Jamison is a graduate of Franklin University and Capital University Law School. Jamison owned and operated an insurance agency for 16 years, then went into private law practice. Beginning in 2012, she was elected and reelected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, and in 2020 to the Court of Appeals.
Fischer’s endorsements include Cleveland Right to Life, Buckeye Firearms Association, as well as the NFIB Ohio PAC, the Ohio Business Roundtable PAC, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce PAC, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government PAC, and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association PAC.