He received his LL.B and LL.M degrees from East China University of Political Science and Law in 1983 and 1986.
After graduation, Cao joined the faculty of the same university. He was the President of this university from 1997 to 1999 and became the President of the National Judges College in 1999.
Cao was appointed Vice President of the Supreme People's Court in 1999.
On March 16, 2008, Cao was elected Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
Cao was a member of the 17th and 18th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China.
- (Chinese) Profile of Cao Jianming, official website of the Supreme People's Court.
- (Chinese) Biography of Cao Jianming, Xinhuanet
|President of East China University of Political Science and Law
1997 – 1999
|Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate