Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today began accepting applications to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The Honorable Gregory L. Frost retired from his position yesterday, creating the vacancy. The Southern District has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties.

Candidates can download applications here or can request them by emailing Judicial_Candidate@brown.senate.gov. The completed application must be sent to Judicial_Candidate@brown.senate.gov by the close of business on Friday, June 3, 2016.

“We wish Judge Frost well in his retirement, and thank him for his years of public service,” said Portman. “The commission will weigh the best candidates and give Ohioans an opportunity to have input on the selection.”

"I thank Judge Frost for his many years of dedicated and thoughtful service,” said Brown. "I know the commission is devoted to finding the best possible candidates to continue his important work."

The President of the United States nominates U.S. District Court Judges based on recommendations from U.S. Senators. Nominees must then be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate. U.S. District Courts are general trial courts which hear both civil and criminal cases.

In the interest of identifying the best possible judicial candidates for Ohio's federal bench, Portman and Brown are working to establish a bipartisan judicial advisory commission. Members of the commission will be chosen by both senators to review applications and recommend candidates for this vacancy. This is a process that was first established by Brown and former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH).