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Hon. John A. Lahtinen
Candidate for the
Supreme Court
Fourth Judicial District
(Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington)

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • On September 22, 2011, John Lahtinen was unanimously nominated by both the Republican Party and Conservative Party as a candidate for re-election to the New York State Supreme Court - 4th Judicial District. John Lahtinen has served as Clinton County's Resident Supreme Court Justice since 1997 and has presided at trial terms throughout the Fourth Judicial District, which encompasses 11 counties from Schenectady County to St. Lawrence County, as well as New York City. In 2000, he was appointed by Governor George Pataki to the Appellate Division, Third Department where he has written in excess of 1300 decisions and participated in more than 9000 appeals. Throughout the years, Justice Lahtinen has volunteered in numerous community activities; ranging from coaching little league and football to serving on boards of educational and charitable institutions. A native of upstate New York, Justice Lahtinen attended public schools in Essex County, Colgate University and graduated from Albany Law School in 1970. Justice Lahtinen brings extensive experience, dedication and the respect of the legal community to the position of Supreme Court Justice.
IJEQC rating
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  • Qualified
Party Membership
  • Republican
Party Line
  • Conservative
  • Republican
Campaign Web Site  
  • Albany Law School, J.D., 1970
  • Colgate University, A.B., 1967
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1971
  • Associate Justice, Appellate Division
Professional Experience
  • New York State Supreme Court Justice
  • Private Practice of law concentrating in civil litigation.

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