WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) congratulated Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, as he elects to take senior status. First nominated to the federal bench by President Clinton in 1994, Oliver oversaw the implementation of the 2015 consent decree between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding police practices. Oliver also served as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, as well as a professor at the College of Wooster and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

“Judge Oliver served our nation honorably and helped make the city of Cleveland a fairer, more just place to live,” said Brown. “Judge Oliver’s wisdom, experience and commitment to equal justice under the law will be missed on the federal bench, but I’m confident he will continue serving the northeast Ohio community honorably, including in our work together on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Sen. Portman and I wish Judge Oliver and his family all the best as he elects to take senior status.”

“I want to thank Judge Oliver for his commitment to public service to the people of the Northern District of Ohio and the City of Cleveland,” said Portman. “I commend Judge Oliver for his distinguished record on the bench. On behalf of the people of Ohio, I extend deep gratitude for his service.”

Federal judges can elect to take senior status, akin to retirement, once they reach the age of 65. Senior judges still hear cases and help handle the federal court caseload. Brown and Portman will announce next steps on their joint efforts to fill the federal court vacancy left by Judge Oliver in the coming weeks.

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