Governor Selects New GOP Justice For State Supreme Court

Angelo Anderson
January 26, 2018

Judge Mary DeGenaro, in her third term on the Youngstown-based Seventh District Court of Appeals, will be sworn in to complete the 11 months left in Justice O'Neill's term. O'Neill, 70, could not seek re-election this year because of his age and his resignation takes effect Friday.

Kasich said at a Statehouse news conference he's heard of some partisanship starting to slip into the judiciary, generally.

According to Kasich, DeGenaro was selected by a committee that included people from both inside and outside the governor's office. "I will work diligently, fairly and collegially with the other justices on the court".

According to her biography, DeGenaro now serves on the Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.


Gov. John Kasich on Thursday named a fellow Republican to fill an open seat on the Ohio Supreme Court in a move spurred by a crowded governor's race. She will now run as an appointed incumbent to keep her seat this fall. The other two applicants for the job were Richard Lee Johnson, a Toledo-area workers' compensation attorney, and Carol M. Gottschling, human resources director for Lorain schools.

Judge Mary DeGenaro earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Youngstown State University in June, 1983 and a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May, 1986; her 3L year she served an internship with U.S. District Judge George White. She was admitted to the OH bar November, 1986, and is also admitted to practice in the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the same speech Taylor "said that she has not seen the governor for about a year", but Kasich's spokesman disputed the assertion, saying Kasich and Taylor "have certainly talked many times over the past year". "I would warn any of those that attempt to put pressure on her, that it won't work".

DeGenaro's selection means the seven-person court is now completely Republican, and once again has a majority of female justices with four. She was elected to the appeals court in 2000.

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