Christopher Buckley, Judge Superior Court D04 Candidate
Chris served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school, serving with distinction and honor. In addition to a variety of other ribbons, medals and awards, President George W. Bush awarded Chris the highest award a Marine can receive in a time of peace—the Navy/Marine Corps Medal of Heroism for his actions in September 2001. He currently serves a variety of veteran causes in Porter County and zealously supports veterans--active, reserve, and retired--of all branches of the United States military.
"I am proud to endorse my fellow Marine,
Chris Buckley for Porter County Judge."
U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
Show Your Support and Join Us!
Come out and meet Chris at one of these events near you!
Buckley Meet & Greet Aug. 22
Saturday 6 PM -8pm
Tiger Lily Café 1505 S Calumet Chesterton
Meet and Greet! Aug. 27
Thursday 5 PM -7pm
American Legion Post 260 5675 Mulberry Ave. Portage
Sign Deployment Party! Sept 2
Wednesday 6 PM
6382 Central Ave Portage
Neighborhood Meet and Greet Sept 3
Thursday 5:30 PM - 730pm
2600 Nottingham Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Meet & Greet Sept 10
American Legion, 798 Wabash Ave, Chesterton, IN 46304
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Porter Superior Court 4
Chris's Legal Experience
Listening is the most important judicial quality that a judge can possess. It is critical to our justice system that each person be heard with sincerity and thorough consideration. That means that a good judge must welcome all kinds of conflicting opinions without interruptions or emotional outbursts from the bench. Everything about Chris’s background, training, and experience has prepared him to listen first, remain calm second, and dignify the legal process third.
Chris is ready and able to become the judge who listens first in Porter Superior Court 4. As a former judge, Chris has heard and resolved countless criminal cases—infractions and misdemeanors such as OWI, domestic battery and drug possession that he will hear should he win in November. Each time he makes a decision, Chris writes a detailed opinion and explains in a calm and rational manner how he reached his conclusion. Chris has an extremely cool head under pressure, which comes from years of leading in very hostile situations. He understands what effective servant-leadership is: motivating and empowering others to get things done in a heated environment--which the courtroom certainly can be.
Chris served as the Lowell Town Judge from 2016 until January 2020, moving back to Porter County to enter this race. During this time, Chris was responsible for overseeing a busy docket which included misdemeanors, infractions, and ordinance violations. Chris was also regularly called upon to serve as Judge Pro Tempore in Porter Superior Court 4, the bench he now seeks to serve full time, even being trusted by his current opponent to oversee contested bench trials. On the bench, Chris had a humble approach, treating all criminal defendants and attorneys with the highest degree of dignity and respect.
In addition, Chris has practiced family law, contract law, landlord-tenant law, real estate law, and civil litigation in the state and federal courts for over ten years, filing numerous appeals with the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Tax Court, and has written numerous appellate briefs. Prior to taking the bench as the Lowell Town Judge, Chris practiced criminal defense which focused on misdemeanors and felonies in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski counties. Chris has conducted bench and jury trials as an attorney, and conducted many bench trials presiding as judge both in the Lowell Town Court as well as in Porter Superior Court 4 as judge pro tempore.
Chris was born in Valparaiso, raised in Portage, graduated from Chesterton High School, and currently resides in Valparaiso. Chris is an active member of the Porter County Bar Association, and former member of the Inns of Court, Porter County Chapter. For many years, Chris regularly served upon request in Porter Superior Court 4 as judge pro tempore without receiving any compensation. Chris also dedicated his time as an adjunct law professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law until it unfortunately closed in May 2020.
Chris is the proud husband of Dr. Sarah Polito, D.O., and father to three beautiful children: Violet, 7, Theodore (Teddy), 2, and Rosemary (Rose), 1. As the husband of a busy family physician, Chris is a very involved full-time dad. If you see Chris out and about in Porter County, you will likely see him with several of his children in tow, occasionally even sometimes when conducting legal business. Of all the things he has accomplished, Chris is most proud of his young family.