Monday, December 05, 2011

Justice O’Donnell Seeks to Continue Service on Ohio Supreme Court

(Columbus) – Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell today filed petitions with the Secretary of State stating his intention to seek re-election to the Ohio Supreme Court. O’Donnell first joined the Court in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006 with 62% of the statewide vote.

“Justice O’Donnell is an outstanding Judge and a tireless campaigner. We’ve come to expect the best from him and we’re proud of his service to Ohio,” said Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine. Justice O’Donnell has been widely commended for his work in improving the professionalism of judges and lawyers throughout the state. He’s worked to implement a nationally-recognized mentoring program that has been hailed as one of the nation’s finest. “Justice O’Donnell deserves to continue his excellent work as a Supreme Court Justice,” DeWine added, “with his campaign already well underway, today was another important step for him and for our Court.”

The son of a Cleveland police officer, O’Donnell served in private practice before he began his tenure as a Common Pleas Judge and Appeals Court Judge in Cuyahoga County. Prior to his legal career, O’Donnell was a schoolteacher. His judicial career spans thirty years.

“I consider it a great privilege to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court and am proud of having a part in restoring public confidence in judiciary by adhering to the rule of law ,” said O’Donnell. “I’m looking forward to continued service,” he added.

Justice O’Donnell and his wife, Mary Beth, have been married for 37 years. They have four adult children and expect their sixth grandchild just before Christmas.