Judge James Redford

(East Grand Rapids)
Court of Appeals District 3
Michigan Hall Of Justice, 925 West Ottawa Street, PO Box 30022
Lansing, MI  48909

Biographical Information

Born: October 8, 1960 in Toledo, Ohio
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Dianne
Children: Page, Mary Katherine, Spencer
Education: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, John Carroll University; Law Degree, University of Detroit School of Law
Employment/Military Record: U.S. Navy, 1985-1990; active duty U.S. Navy JAG Corp Attorney, 1990-2006; reserve duty U.S. Navy JAG Corp Attorney, 2007-2011; reserve duty military trial judge, 2011-2012; reserve duty legal and legislative affairs counsel; U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan, 1990-1998; Plunkett and Cooney, P.C., 1998-2002; 17th Circuit Court (Kent County) judge, 2003-present
Community Activities: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Alternative Directions Half Way House, Michigan Judicial Institute Academic Advisory Board, American Legion
Religion: Roman Catholic

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Department of Military And Veterans Affairs (2/19/2016 - 12/14/2018)
Other Offices: 17th Circuit Court (Kent County) judge, 2003-present (elected in 2002 and 2010)

Elections and Political Participation

Court of Appeals3rd District 2022
General Vote: 686,786 of 686,786 (100%)

Court of Appeals3rd District 2020
General Vote: 817,016 of 817,016 (100%)

Supreme Court 2014
General Vote: 934,029 of 4,529,041 (20%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Michigan Bankers Association, Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Political Activities: Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, chair

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