In 2006, Loughry published a book titled, "Don't Buy Another Vote. I Won't Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia." Loughry included several quotes from the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd in the book.
"Byrd told me personally about how, if he started running in recent years, it would have been impossible for him to win an election in West Virginia, given the amount of money in politics," he said. "He grew up with very little money, but was able to go out and meet people and win an election and how impossible that would be today. I want to see things change."
During his campaign, Loughry said he spoke to people the same way, whether they were left-leaning or right-leaning.
"The West Virginia Supreme Court should not be political, People want to feel like they're selecting judges and not partisan politicians.
"Everywhere I went, talked about how judges should follow the law, whether dealing with a large corporation or an individual who is unemployed. Treat everybody the same."
Born in an Elkins hospital in 1970, Loughry grew up in Parsons in Tucker County. He graduated from Tucker High School in 1988, then earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at West Virginia University.
Later, he earned four different law degrees, including a main law degree from the Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio.
"I joked with a friend that I wanted to see how far in debt I could possibly go," Loughry said.
"I grew up in a very average West Virginia household. My father was a construction worker. My mother worked in a shoe plant for a long time and is currently a secretary. They still live in Parsons."
Loughry also worked as an aide to former Gov. Gaston Caperton and spent seven years as a senior assistant attorney general in West Virginia.
"I also worked for two state Supreme Courts -- in Ohio while I was in law school and then in West Virginia. I worked with more than 20 justices on those two courts."
Loughry said he still drives a 1996 Jeep and lives in a 1,100 square foot residence not far from the Capitol with his wife, Kelly, and their son.
His 12-year term on the Supreme Court will begin at the beginning of January. He will be formally sworn into office in late December.
"I am deeply honored and humbled to be given this opportunity," he said.
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