Judge Robert G. Johnson was appointed as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge on March 10, 2017, by Gov. Matt Bevin. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Justice Laurance B. VanMeter after he was elected to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Johnson serves as the judge for Division 1 of the 5th Appellate District, which represents the people of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties.
Judge Johnson was previously circuit judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit, which serves Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties. He was among the youngest judges to serve on the circuit bench. He was first appointed to that position in 2005 and later elected for a full eight-year term in 2006 and again in 2014. While serving as circuit judge, Judge Johnson was appointed in 2008 by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. to serve in the administrative role of chief regional circuit judge for the Bluegrass Region. He served in that capacity until assuming his current position on the Court of Appeals. Judge Johnson was also elected to serve as chief circuit judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit from 2007-2015.
Prior to being a judge, Judge Johnson served on the Georgetown City Council from 2003-2005. Judge Johnson was also in private law practice for more than eight years, representing clients in the areas of criminal law, real property, estate work, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant and family law.
Judge Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in history and American studies from Georgetown College in 1992 and his juris doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1996. He is married to Rebecca Martin Johnson, who serves as the Scott County Clerk. They have five children: Ben, Sam, Caleb, Hannah and Beth.