“It is a privilege to serve the Commonwealth
 as a Justice on our Supreme Court.”


Meet Justice Debra Todd

The daughter of a steelworker and a homemaker, Harry and Blanche McCloskey, Debra and her two sisters grew up in a blue collar neighborhood in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.  

She fell in love with the law at age 12 when she began working summers for a lawyer in her hometown.  She worked every summer as a file clerk and secretary, graduating from Lincoln High School, and then moving on to Chatham College and the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  

After working her way through college and law school, she spent 18 years as a trial attorney in Pittsburgh.  Debra was elected to the Superior Court in 1999, and was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2007.  She earned her post-doctoral degree, an LL.M. in the Judicial Process, from the University of Virginia. 

In her decade on the Supreme Court, she has built a strong record of promoting justice for elders, abused children, and veterans. 

She is married to Attorney Steve Todd, a retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel .  Together, they have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Justice Todd is now in line to become Pennsylvania's first female Chief Justice! 



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Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission Releases Retention Ratings for Judicial Candidates:    

Justice Debra McCloskey Todd

Rating: Recommended for Retention

         The candidate has served eight years on the Superior Court and ten years on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a distinguished member of the judiciary and is described as enthusiastic, hard-working, attentive and intelligent. The candidate’s opinions are thorough, concise, scholarly and easily understood, and she carries out her administrative duties with seriousness of purpose.  She headed the Elder Task Force which later became Elder Justice in the Courts. The candidate is a member of the Elder Justice Advisory Council serving as its judicial liaison. She is also the court’s liaison to the Veteran’s Courts and the Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness. The candidate’s integrity, legal ability, judicial temperament and commitment to the legal profession serve her well on the bench. The commission recommends her retention.



As the wife of a Veteran, retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Steve Todd, and as the Supreme Court's liaison Justice to Pennsylvania's Veterans' Courts, Debra travels throughout the state speaking about changing Veterans' lives through this innovative specialty court.

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Justice Todd chaired the Supreme Court's Elder Law Task Force, comprised of 38 experts charged with the task of reviewing current practices and problems in the areas of guardianship, elder abuse and neglect, and access to justice.

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Justice Todd led the effort to launch a pilot program in Allegheny County designed to help keep the public safe from repeat sex offenders. The Commonwealth's first Sex Offender Court was specifically designed to include sexual crimes against children.

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Dedicated to the Law and helping others, Justice Debra Todd makes a difference.

“The citizens of Pennsylvania deserve a Supreme Court they can be proud of.  There is nothing more important in a judge than integrity.” - Justice Debra Todd


Justice Todd will stand for Retention on November 7, 2017