NORMAN — Former legislator Thad Balkman said he is honored to have been named a district judge for Cleveland County to finish the unexpired term of Tom Lucas, who retired in August.
“I'm looking forward to serving, and am truly honored to have been selected,” he said Friday.
Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Balkman, 41, to the post Thursday. The term expires in 2014, but Balkman said he intends to run for a full four-year term at that time.
The judgeship, based in Norman, serves judicial District 21, which covers Cleveland, McClain and Garvin counties.
Balkman was a Republican House member who represented Norman from 2000 to 2006. Most recently, he has served as a consultant and lobbyist for the Oklahoma Lawyers Association. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
A swearing-in ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in the ceremonial courtroom at the Cleveland County courthouse. State Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Charles Johnson will administer the oath of office.
Balkman resides in Norman with his wife, Amy, and five children.
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