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Oklahoma governor names workers' comp judges

Mary Fallin's four selections still need state Senate confirmation. These are the governor's first nominees to the workers' compensation court since she took office last year.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: April 14, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin made her first nominations Friday to the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court.

Fallin, elected in 2010, has long advocated for changes to the workers' compensation court.

Under a measure passed and signed into law last year, the appointments must be confirmed by the Senate. Previously, the governor's appointments to that court didn't need approval.

Fallin said her four nominees have more than 80 years of combined experience serving in law and, specifically, the field of workers' compensation law.

“As a group, they have worked on the behalf of both employers and employees, and are committed to being a part of a process that is fair, efficient and just,” Fallin said.

“I am confident that each one will dedicate themselves to a strict reading of the letter of the law, and will interpret — not legislate — from the bench. I'm proud of these nominees and I encourage the Senate to quickly confirm them.”

• Margaret Anne Bomhoff, of Edmond, works for the Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey and Tippens law firm in downtown Oklahoma City. She previously worked at both the McClure Law Office and the State Insurance Fund. Bomhoff defends employers and insurance carriers in claims filed at the workers' compensation court. She would replace Cherri Farrar.

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