After serving on the bench of the Kentucky Supreme Court since 2006, Chief Justice John Minton on Wednesday announced his retirement after his term expires at the end of 2022.
The Bowling Green-native announced his plans to not seek re-election in an interview with Western Kentucky Public Radio and has since confirmed the decision to multiple media outlets.
Minton, 69, was first appointed to the state’s high court by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher in July 2006, then was elected that fall after running unopposed. He was elected by his colleagues as chief justice of the court in 2008, then was re-elected to another eight-year term in 2014, again unopposed.
Minton represents Kentucky’s 2nd Supreme Court district, which encompasses 14 counties: Union, Henderson, Daviess, Hancock, Ohio, Breckinridge, Meade, Bullitt, Hardin, LaRue, Grayson, Hart, Barren, and Warren.
Court of Appeals Judge Kelly Thompson, also of Bowling Green, filed paperwork last week announcing his intent to run for the 2nd District seat in 2022.
In addition to Minton’s seat, Justice Lisabeth Hughes, of the 4th District, is retiring at the end of 2022, which will mean at least two new faces on the high court starting in 2023.
Two additional Supreme Court Justices, Justice Michelle Keller of the 6th District, and Justice Christopher Nickell of the 1st District will seek re-election next fall.