Debra H. Lambert

Debra Hembree Lambert is an Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court and former Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Debra Hembree Lambert
Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 6, 2019
Preceded byDaniel J. Venters
Personal details
EducationEastern Kentucky University (B.A.)
University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D.)


Lambert received her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1983 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1989.[1]

Legal careerEdit

Lambert practiced law in Mount Vernon, Ky. During that time, she also served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney and City Attorney for the City of Mount Vernon.[1]

State judicial careerEdit

In 1999, then-Governor Paul E. Patton appointed her to serve as Circuit Judge, Family Court Division in the 28th Judicial Circuit. In 2007, Judge Lambert resumed her private practice of law in Mount Vernon until her election to the Court of Appeals in 2014.[1]

Consideration for Kentucky Supreme CourtEdit

On August 25, 2017 she made it known that she planned to run for the seat being vacated by Daniel J. Venters.[2] She filed to run on February 1, 2018.[3] She easily won the primary in May 2018, however it led to a runoff between her and her nearest opponent, Daniel Ballou.[4] On November 6, 2018 she gained 66.63% of the vote to Ballou's 33.37%.[5] She assumed office on January 6, 2019.


  1. ^ a b c "Court of Appeals Debra Hembree Lambert". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  2. ^ Latek, Tom. "Somerset judge to seek spot on Kentucky Supreme Court". Kentucky Today. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  3. ^ "KY Court of Appeals Judge Debra Hembree Lambert files to run for open Supreme Court seat". The Interior Journal. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  4. ^ Estep, Bill (2018-05-23). "Second spot in Kentucky Supreme Court runoff decided by just 51 votes". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ Harris, Christopher. "Lambert earns spot on Kentucky Supreme Court". Commonwealth Journal. Retrieved 2018-12-29.

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Preceded by Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court