Portman, Brown to Recommend Judge Pamela Barker for U.S. Federal District Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced their recommendation to President Trump for the position of U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. The recommendation will now be vetted by the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee before being considered for confirmation by the full U.S. Senate.  The Honorable Donald C. Nugent has taken senior status, creating the vacancy in the Northern District in Cleveland, Ohio. The Northern District has court locations in Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown and serves approximately 5.9 million citizens of the 40 most northern counties in Ohio.  The President of the United States nominates U.S. Federal District Court Judges based on the Senators recommendations.  Nominees must then be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate.

Portman and Brown will recommend the appointment of Judge Pamela Barker for U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of Ohio. Barker was recommended to the Senators by a bipartisan advisory commission.   

“I am proud to recommend Judge Pam Barker to the President. She has the necessary experience and sound judgement to be a great federal judge,” said Portman. “Her time presiding over the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas has prepared her to hit the ground running and honorably serve the people of Ohio.”  

“I’m proud to join Senator Portman in this bipartisan process, and I thank Judge Barker for her willingness to serve,” said Brown.

“I am honored and humbled to be recommended to serve as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio,” said Judge Barker.  “I would like to thank Senator Portman, Senator Brown, and the commission for their hard work during the selection process and the confidence and trust they have placed in me to fulfill this very important role.”

Judge Pamela Barker: Pamela Barker is a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Cleveland, Ohio. She was appointed to the court by Governor John Kasich and assumed office on September 19, 2011. Barker was elected to the court in November 2012, and re-elected in 2014.  Judge Barker received her undergraduate degree in political science from Kenyon College in 1979 and her J.D. from the Ohio State University in 1982.

Background: 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 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 established a bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission. Members of the commission were 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).

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