A candidate for Justice Position 1, Supreme Court in the 2010 Washington Primary Election
On this race:
Legal /Judicial Experience: Justice Jim Johnson has served on our state Supreme Court for six years, authoring over 140 opinions, including landmark defenses of free speech, property rights, victims' rights and open government. Previously, Jim served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General and argued some of our state's most important cases, including the U.S. Supreme Court case that won us the 9th Congressional District. As Washington's Counsel for the Environment he negotiated agreements that preserved thousands of acres for wildlife habitat and recreation.
Other Professional Experience: No information submitted
Education: Jim attended Seattle's Ingraham High School, graduated from Harvard and earned his law degree from the University of Washington.
Community Service: No information submitted
Candidate Statement: Keep freedom's friend on the court, reelect Justice Jim Johnson. Six years ago Justice Johnson made a simple promise to the people of Washington: he would uphold the law and constitution as written and never legislate from the bench. Jim has kept that promise and today he deserves our vote to remain on our state's highest court.
The better qualified candidate. Justice Jim Johnson is the only candidate with judicial experience and the only candidate with meaningful appellate experience. Prior to joining the court, Jim was one of our state's most accomplished attorneys - arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court, the state Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts. Justice Johnson has consistently been the court's most reliable voice for law and order, which has earned him the support of law enforcement.
Bi-partisan endorsements: former Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Justice Tom Chambers, Justice Charles Johnson, Justice Susan Owens, Attorney General Rob McKenna, State Auditor Brian Sonntag and Senator Slade Gorton.
Jim and his wife Kathy live in Olympia, they have two grown daughters. Jim volunteered for the U.S. Army and served at Fort Lewis during the Vietnam War. He enjoys hunting, sailing, diving and the opera.