July 11, 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) reaffirmed his support of John O’Connor of Oklahoma, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, with comments for the record ahead of O’Connor’s confirmation hearing today before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the Judiciary Committee, thank you for the opportunity to voice my support for John O’Connor to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma.
Mr. O’Connor is a Tulsa-native who received his legal education from the University of Tulsa College of Law and his undergraduate from Oklahoma State University. He is well respected in the legal community of Tulsa as evidenced by his appearance on lists of Tulsa’s Top Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. His practice at Hall Estill, where he is a shareholder, has focused on corporate and business law and litigation. John was referred for this very seat before by Senator Coburn and myself, when Judge Payne was nominated for the 10th Circuit under President George W. Bush. Unfortunately, that nomination ended up being withdrawn and John’s nomination was not realized. I am pleased that he is getting another chance at a position for which he is well-qualified.
In addition to his career, Mr. O’Connor is a leader in this community and involved in many organizations that show his character, including his time serving on the board of directors of Dillon International, an adoption agency. Adoption is an issue that is near and dear to my heart as my granddaughter was adopted and I have seen firsthand how much of a blessing adoption is for families. Mr. O’Connor’s work in this area shows his passion for ensuring every child has a chance to grow up knowing the love of a family.
Other outstanding organizations he has served include two terms as president and director of Tulsa’s Ronald McDonald House, past president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and he currently serves on the board of trustees for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa at the appointment of Governor Mary Fallin.
His decades of legal experience arm him with the knowledge needed to carry out the work of a district court judge. He has a distinguished record and is well respected for both his legal ability and community service. I am confident in his ability to interpret and uphold laws and proud to provide my support for his nomination.
Sen. Inhofe praised President Trump’s nomination of O’Connor in April.