JUSTICE TERRENCE O’DONNELL declares candidacy for Re-election to The Ohio Supreme Court

1In December 2011, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell filed nominating petitions with the Secretary of State declaring his intent to seek Re-election to the Supreme Court of Ohio. Justice O’Donnell joined the Court in 2003, was elected in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006 with 62% of the statewide vote.

“Justice O’Donnell is an outstanding jurist and a tireless campaigner. We’ve come to expect the best from him and we’re proud of his service to Ohio,” said Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine. Justice O’Donnell has been widely commended for his work on improving the professionalism of judges and lawyers throughout the state. He has worked to implement a nationally-recognized mentoring program that has been hailed as one of the nation’s finest. “Justice O’Donnell deserves to continue his excellent work as a Supreme Court Justice,” DeWine added, “with his campaign already well underway, today was another important step for him and for the Court.”

The son of a Cleveland police sergeant, O’Donnell practiced law for 9 years before beginning his 14 year tenure as a Common Pleas Court Judge in Cuyahoga County and serving for 8 years as a member of the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Prior to his legal career, O’Donnell was a schoolteacher. His judicial career spans more than thirty years.

“I consider it a great privilege to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court and am proud of having restored public confidence in the judiciary by adhering to the rule of law,” said O’Donnell. “I look forward to this campaign and would be honored to continue serving on the Supreme Court.”

Justice O’Donnell and his wife, Mary Beth, live in Rocky River, Ohio. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.