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Supreme Court Justice Allen Hayes Loughry II, born August 9, 1970, in Elkins, grew up in Tucker County. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from West Virginia University and law degrees from Capital University School of Law in Ohio, American University’s Washington College of Law, and the University of London. He also studied law at University of Oxford in England.

During the 1990s, Loughry worked as special assistant to Congressman Harley O. Staggers Jr. and aide to Governor Gaston Caperton. From 1997 to 2003, he worked as a senior assistant attorney general in the West Virginia attorney general’s office. In 2003, he began working for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals as a law clerk. He is the author of a book about West Virginia political corruption, Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide, published in 2006. U.S. senators John McCain and Robert C. Byrd wrote forewords to the book. Loughry began teaching political science at the University of Charleston in 2010.

Loughry, a Republican, was elected to a 12-year term on the West Virginia Supreme Court on November 6, 2012, in a campaign noted for its effective use of West Virginia’s public financing program. He took office on January 1, 2013, filling the seat of Justice Thomas McHugh, who retired. In 2017 Loughry was elected by his colleagues on the Court to a four-year term as chief justice. Previously, chief justices had been elected to one-year terms, and Loughry was the first chief justice to undertake a four-year term since 1888. In February 2018, following controversies arising from Supreme Court spending, the Court elected Margaret Workman as chief justice.

Justice Loughry and his wife, Kelly, have one son and live in Charleston.

Last Revised on February 19, 2018

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