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Thomas J. Moyer

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Thomas Joseph Moyer
Moyer in 2008
Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 1, 1987 – April 2, 2010
Preceded byFrank Celebrezze
Succeeded byEric Brown
Personal details
Born(1939-04-18)April 18, 1939
Sandusky, Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 2, 2010(2010-04-02) (aged 70)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Resting placeGreen Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio[1]
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMary Francis Moyer
Alma mater

Thomas Joseph Moyer (April 18, 1939 – April 2, 2010[2]) was an American jurist and the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court from 1987 to 2010. A member of the Republican Party, he formerly served as a justice of the 10th district of the Ohio District Courts of Appeals from 1979 to 1987. The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, headquarters of the Ohio Supreme Court, was named in his honor in 2011.

Early life


Moyer was born in Sandusky, Ohio, on April 18, 1939. He attended Sandusky High School and went on to receive both his undergraduate and law degrees from the Ohio State University. He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Ohio State Alumni Association, as well as the board of trustees of Franklin University.[3] Moyer was married and lived in Columbus.



From 1979 to 1987, Moyer served on the Tenth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, which covers Franklin County. Prior to his appointment, he served as the president of the Columbus Board of Education. During his tenure there, the board found itself in the middle of desegregation fights, chronicled in the book Getting Around Brown. He also served for four years as an executive assistant to Governor Jim Rhodes and eight years in private practice in Sandusky.[3] He was first elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1987 and was re-elected in 1992, 1998, and 2004.

Moyer presided over the DeRolph decision dealing with school funding, as well as the late 1990s' legal battle over tort reform. [citation needed]

Although a Republican, Moyer had a strong belief in the principles of stare decisis. In 2001, he created a task force on guardians ad litem in Ohio. In 2004, when the court moved into new quarters, some controversy ensued over the cost involved. On May 15, 2004, the building was dedicated by U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist.


  1. ^ "Thomas Joseph Moyer". The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System.
  2. ^ Friday April 2, 2010 7:45 PM (2010-04-02). "Notice of death of Thomas J. Moyer". Dispatch.com. Archived from the original on April 5, 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b "Chief Justice Moyer's official biography". Supremecourt.ohio.gov. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
Political offices
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Succeeded by