Candidate Profile
Eric Rosen

Non-Partisan , Kansas

Biography

Name
Eric Rosen
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Supreme Court Justice (retention election)
Incumbent
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Justice Rosen was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court in 2005 by Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius. In 2007, Governor Sebelius’s signed an executive order that extended discrimination protections to LGBTQ citizens. In 2008, Archbishop of Kansas City Joseph Naumann asked Governor Sebelius to refrain from communion until she repented of her pro-abortion advocacy.

Justice Rosen is a registered Democrat.

Justice Rosen joined the Kansas Supreme Court in Hodes v. Schmidt (2019), which says, "Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights provides: 'All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' We are now asked: Is this declaration of rights more than an idealized aspiration? And, if so, do the substantive rights include a woman's right to make decisions about her body, including the decision whether to continue her pregnancy? We answer these questions, 'Yes.’"

Justice Rosen joined the Court majority in two State v. Carr cases (2014), in which the Court vacated the death penalties of two defendants who had been convicted of sex crimes and murder "because the district judge refused to sever the defendants' penalty phase trials.” Justices Beier, Luckert, Johnson, Biles, and Moritz partially concurred and partially dissented.

Justice Rosen joined the Court majority in Frazier v. Goudschaal (2013): “[T]he coparenting agreement between the biological mother and her same-sex partner contained no element of immorality or illegality and did not violate public policy, but rather the contract was for the advantage and welfare of the children, rendering it enforceable by the district court to the extent it is in the best interests of the children.” Justice Biles concurred in part.

Questionnaire

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Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Bostock v. Clayton County, which justice’s opinion most closely aligns with your opinion of whether the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be extended to the LGBTQ community?

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What types of pro bono work have you done?

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Qualifications

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

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In what areas of law have you practiced?

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Why should the voters choose you?

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Judicial Philosophy

The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.

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There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.

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

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

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What possibilities should a judge exhaust before departing from precedent?

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How should a judge determine which rights are protected by the Constitution even though they are not specifically mentioned?

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