May 23, 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) reaffirmed his support of Patrick Wyrick, of Oklahoma, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, with comments for the record ahead of Wyrick’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the Judiciary Committee, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to voice my support for Patrick Wyrick to be a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. As a sitting justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Patrick is highly qualified and an ideal candidate for the federal bench. His service to Oklahoma and his deep roots in the state provide him a well-rounded background to serve the Western District well. Though his career on the Oklahoma Supreme Court has only spanned 16 months, he has already made his mark as a justice that produces well-reasoned opinions upholding the rule of law.
An Atoka-native and fourth generation Oklahoman, Justice Wyrick attended the University of Oklahoma for both his undergraduate and law degrees. Following his law school graduation, he clerked for the Honorable James Payne, one of the few roving district court judgeships in the United States, serving the U.S. District Courts in the Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma. He followed up his clerkship by joining the firm GableGotwals in Tulsa, OK, as an associate.
After a few years in private practice, Justice Wyrick joined the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office where he served as Solicitor General for the State of Oklahoma and as a top legal advisor for the Attorney General for six years. As the state’s Solicitor General, Patrick represented Oklahoma before both state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court where he successfully represented Oklahoma’s position in Glossip v. Gross.
While Justice Wyrick’s resume is impressive, his most important job is being a husband to Jamie, and father to his three children, Cole, Carter, and Claire. With their support, I know Patrick will succeed as a U.S. District Judge. I am proud to see such an outstanding Oklahoman recognized for his hard work and dedication. We are a nation of laws and it is important to have judges on the bench who care about and understand their role in our courts. Justice Wyrick is one of those judges.