Candidate Profile
Pat Fischer

Republican , Ohio


Pat Fischer
Supreme Court Justice - term beginning Jan. 1

Panel Rating

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Cincinnati Right to Life PAC, Citizens for Community Values

Reported by Candidate

Ohio Republican Party, Cincinnati Tea Party; Women for Liberty, Franklin County GOP; Hamilton County GOP, State Auditor D. Yost; Lt. Gov. M. Taylor, OSMA PAC; OMA PAC, Past Speaker J.A.Davidson; past AG B.Montgomery

Selected Contributions


Mike DeWine, Peter Stautberg, Steve Chabot







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.


Which current justice on the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?


Which of the following U.S. presidents best reflects your political philosophy?


The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

No Answer

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

Voters (the people); Constitution ("We the people"); Congress and Supreme Court (co-equal branches) God is my spiritual leader over all, but I am unsure if that is part of this question as phrased about 'authority' in so many non-spiritual areas.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

To protect and prevent the citizens of American from having any one person or group of persons from aging and holding all governmental power over them. The 3 separate and co-equal branches of government was a genius method to protect against the concentration of power.

What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

Limited to those statutes which have legislative history voted upon into the law itself. Otherwise, legislative history is difficult to discern and should be viewed with skepticism. The wording of the statute must be paramount when applying the law to the facts of a case.

What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?

From: "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." through the phrase " from the consent of the governed'..." and ending at the end of the phrase "to effect their Safety and Happiness."

In which partisan primary election did you most recently vote (e.g. Democratic, Republican, etc.)?


The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than use a strict constructionist or originalist philosophy.

Strongly Disagree

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?

Probably Alito's

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

A Christian of the Roman Catholic faith. I am active in my parish by being a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister during Mass and other services.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?


Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Read any and all of my opinions. An excellent example is the case of Mallory v. City of Cincinnati.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. . 6149464099

Additional comment from candidate:

I have not as a judge, and will not as a Supreme Court justice, legislate from the bench. I have worked hard and efficiently such that I have had NO CASES PENDING as of December 31 for each of the 5 years I have been an appellate judge. I have shown how the judicial system can work more efficiently and more swiftly, for to me, justice delayed is justice denied.


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, JD, 1983
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, AB, 1980
  • St. Xavier H.S., Cincinnati, OH, 1976
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Ohio State And Cincinnati Bar Associations, President and Board member + others
  • Ohio Sup. Ct. Commission on Professionalism, Vice chair and member
  • Cincinnati Children's Museum, President and Board member + others
  • Hamilton Cty. Mental Health&Recovery services, Committee chair and Board member
  • Ohio Constitutional Modernization Comm., Commissioner and committee chair
  • St.Ursula Villa, President and Board member + others
  • Pleasant Ridge Community Council, President and Board member + others
  • Ohio Sup. Ct. Task Force on Commercial Dockets, Co-Chair
  • Judge, appeals court, Held 2010-present
  • City council, Sought 2007

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