Robert R. Cupp

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Robert R. Cupp
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 4th district
Assumed office
January 6, 2015
Preceded byMatt Huffman
Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 1, 2013
Preceded byAlice Robie Resnick
Succeeded byWilliam O'Neill
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 3, 1985 – December 31, 2000
Preceded bySteve Maurer
Succeeded byJim Jordan
Personal details
Born (1950-11-09) November 9, 1950 (age 68)[1]
Bluffton, Ohio,[1] U.S.
Political partyRepublican[1]
Spouse(s)Lisbeth "Libby" Cupp[1]
ResidenceLima, Ohio[1]
Alma materOhio Northern University[1]

Robert R. "Bob" Cupp (born November 9, 1950)[1] is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and a former Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. He was elected November 7, 2006 to a six-year term and was sworn in on January 2, 2007. His term expired January 1, 2013.

Cupp, a Republican, replaced retiring Democratic Justice Alice Robie Resnick by defeating Democrat Ben Espy in the general election. Between his election and the death of Chief Justice Thomas Moyer in 2010, all the Justices of the Court were Republican.

Before joining the Ohio Supreme Court, Cupp gained appellate judicial experience as a judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals (Third Judicial District) from 2003 to 2006. Cupp was a member of the Ohio Senate for 16 years, 1985–2000, but was forced to retire due to legislative term limits. He was President Pro-Tem of the Senate from 1997 to 2000, the second highest-ranking leadership position in the Senate. During his time in the Senate, he spent ten years serving on the Judiciary Committee.

Cupp was a Lima prosecutor from 1976 to 1980 and was elected Allen County Commissioner twice, from 1981 to 1984 and 2000 to 2002.


Cupp is an alumnus of Ohio Northern University, from which he earned his degree in political science in 1973. He earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 1976.

Cupp and his wife, Libby, have two sons.

2012 Election Endorsements and Ratings[edit]

The Columbus Dispatch,[2] Cleveland Plain Dealer,[3] Toledo Blade,[4] and Youngstown Vindicator[5] endorsed Robert Cupp for re-election in the November 6, 2012 election.

Cupp was rated "highly recommended" for the 2012 Supreme Court election by the Ohio State Bar Association,[6] and rated "excellent" by the Ohio Women's Bar Association[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Justice Robert R. Cupp (OH)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "For Ohio Supreme Court". Columbus Dispatch. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  3. ^ "Plain Dealer endorses Ohio Supreme Court incumbents McGee Brown, Cupp and O'Donnell: endorsement editorial". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  4. ^ "For Ohio Supreme Court". Toledo Blade. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  5. ^ "For the Ohio Supreme Court: McGee Brown, Cupp, O'Donnell". Youngstown Vindicator. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  6. ^ "Candidate ratings for the 2012 Supreme Court of Ohio election". Ohio State Bar Association. Archived from the original on 2015-12-25. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  7. ^ "Ohio Women's Bar Association Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial Candidate Ratings: 2012 General Election". Ohio Women's Bar Association. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • "Robert R. Cupp". The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2013-06-25.