Former Pennsylvania Governors Make Bipartisan Push to End Judicial Elections

March 19, 2013

Four former Pennsylvania governors, including two Democrats and two Republicans, joined together in expressing support for a proposal to change the way the state's appellate judges are selected. A bill introduced in the senate in January calls for appellate judges to be chosen through a merit selection process rather than in partisan elections. Pennsylvania is one of only seven states that chooses all of its judges in partisan elections. The call for reform comes in the wake of a supreme court justice's February conviction on public corruption charges and a house resolution calling for her impeachment.