Andrew Pinson v John Barrow for GA Supreme Court

Andrew Pinson and John Barrow are competing for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court in 2024. APN breaks down this non-partisan election here:

Andrew Pinson

Justice Andrew Pinson

Andrew Pinson, Georgia Supreme Court Justice

2022 – present

Pinson’s website

Experience

Andrew Pinson was appointed judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals in 2021 and justice of the Georgia Supreme Court in 2022 by Governor Brian Kemp. He served as Georgia Solicitor General from 2018 to 2021.

Before then, he served as clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who attended his appointment ceremony to the Georgia Court of Appeals in 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia.

Judicial Perspective

Pinson told law.com that he opposes “attempts to inject partisan politics in our court system.”

“In Georgia, judges are nonpartisan, and we have all taken an oath to put aside politics and personal preferences and to apply the law fairly and impartially to the facts of each case,” Pinson wrote. “I take that oath seriously, as do my colleagues on the Court and across Georgia. And I believe that if you ask lawyers who practice before the Supreme Court of Georgia, they will tell you that I and the rest of my colleagues in fact do this job the right way: deciding cases based on what the law says, not what any one of us thinks it should be. In other words, we have long rejected partisanship and judicial activism in Georgia courts. I am committed to keeping it that way.”

Pinson is a member of the Federalist Society, a conservative organization which advocates for an originalist interpretation of the US Constitution.

Notable Cases

As Georgia Solicitor General, Pinson defended Georgia’s controversial, anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill in federal court. He also defended Georgia in the “water wars” dispute, preventing Georgia’s water resources from being used by people in Alabama.

Political Affiliation

Primary Ballots: Pinson consistently takes Republican primary ballots.
Inferred Party: Republican

Interviews and Media

You can watch Pinson’s 2022 swearing-in ceremony as Georgia Supreme Court Justice here.

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John Barrow

John Barrow

John Barrow, candidate for Georgia Supreme Court

John Barrow is running to be a Georgia Supreme Court Justice in 2024.

Barrow’s website

Experience

Barrow received his law degree from Harvard Law School and has practiced law for 25 years in Athens. Barrow served as US Representative from 2005 to 2015 and as an Athens-Clarke County Commissioner from 1990 to 2004. He ran unsuccessfully for Georgia Secretary of State in 2018.

Judicial Perspective

Barrow says he is running for Georgia Supreme Court because he believes “Georgians have the same right under our state constitution that we used to have under Roe v Wade. I’m running against an opponent who believes the exact opposite.”

Political Affiliation

Primary Ballots: Barrow consistently takes Democratic primary ballots.
Inferred Party: Democrat

Interviews and Media

John Barrow spoke about his candidacy for Georgia Supreme Court at a campaign event in Athens.

See other candidates running in the 2024 election in the Athens area here.