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John C. Yoder (January 9, 1951 – June 9, 2017) was an American judge and politician.

John C. Yoder
Judge of 23rd Circuit Court of West Virginia
In office
January 1, 2009 – June 9, 2017
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 16th district
In office
January 12, 2005 – January 14, 2009
Serving with John Unger
Preceded by Herb Snyder
Succeeded by Herb Snyder
In office
January 13, 1993 – January 8, 1997
Succeeded by Herb Snyder
Personal details
Born (1951-01-09)January 9, 1951
Newton, Kansas, U.S.
Died June 9, 2017(2017-06-09) (aged 66)
Political party Republican
Residence Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Born in Newton, Kansas, Yoder received his bachelor's degree from Chapman College and his law degree from University of Kansas. Yoder also received his master's degree in business management from University of Chicago. From 1976 to 1980, Yoder served as a Kansas District Court judge. In 1980 and 1981, Yoder served as a judicial fellow with the United States Supreme Court and as a special assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1981 to 1983. He then served as director of the Asset Forfeiture Office within the United States Department of Justice in 1983 and 1984. Yoder lived in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. From 1992 to 1996 and from 2004 to 2008, Yoder served in the West Virginia Senate and was a Republican. In 1996, 2000, 2010, and 2012, Yoder ran for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court and lost the elections. In 2008, Yoder was elected to the West Virginia Circuit Court and was serving on the court at the time of his death.[1][2][3][4]

Yoder died June 9, 2017, when complications arose with a blood clot following surgery to replace an aortic heart valve first installed five years prior.[5]