Portman, Brown Applaud Senate Confirmation of Sarah Morrison for U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District in Columbus, Ohio

June 11, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the confirmation of Sarah Morrison to serve as U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. Portman and Brown recommended the nomination of Administrator Morrison for the vacancy in Columbus, Ohio, which was created upon the retirement of the Honorable Gregory L. Frost. The Southern District has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties. 

“Sarah Morrison has the right experience and qualifications to serve as Columbus’s newest federal judge, and I’m pleased to see the Senate confirm her in a bipartisan fashion,” said Portman. “Administrator Morrison brings significant experience in both the public and private sectors, including her time as CEO of Ohio’s Bureau of Workers Compensation, to her new role as U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. She will make Ohio proud.”  

“Sarah Morrison will bring a wealth of experience and commitment to the federal bench,” said Brown. “I’m proud to join Senator Portman in this bipartisan process, and I thank Ms. Morrison for her willingness to serve.” 

“I am honored to be confirmed for the position of federal district judge, and I sincerely appreciate the support of Senators Portman and Brown,” said Morrison. 

Administrator Sarah Morrison: Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed Sarah Morrison Administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) in May 2016. She leads an agency of more than 1,900 employees that serves more than 250,000 employers and administers nearly one million open claims.  Morrison joined BWC in November 2012, bringing with her more than 15 years of diverse legal experience. Prior to joining BWC, she was a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Columbus. She has specialized in various types of civil and commercial litigation, including complex litigation and class actions. Her trial practice involved appearances in federal and state courts, and she has argued before the Ohio Supreme Court.  Morrison began her career as a law clerk with the Chester Wilcox & Saxbe law firm. She also served one year as a judicial law clerk for Judge John D. Holschuh of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio State University and a law degree from the Capital University Law School.

NOTE: The President of the United States nominates U.S. district court judges based on recommendations from U.S. Senators. Those recommendations are then vetted by the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee before being considered for confirmation by the full U.S. Senate.  U.S. district courts are general trial courts that hear both civil and criminal cases.