On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed the David Cowan Buckingham of Murray, Kentucky to the office of Justice for the First Supreme Court District of Kentucky.
Buckingham replaces retiring Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham, who represented the First Supreme Court District of Kentucky since 2006. The Kentucky Supreme Court justices are normally elected by their districts.
According to a press release about the appointment, Judge Buckingham retired in 2011 after serving as an appellate judge for 14 years and returned to private practice. During his 29-year judicial career, Buckingham has also served as a district judge and circuit court judge for the 42nd Judicial District.
“I appreciate the confidence Gov. Bevin has shown in me by appointing me to the Kentucky Supreme Court,” Judge Buckingham said in the release. “I pledge to the people of Kentucky that I will serve diligently and to the best of my ability.”