WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the nomination of Pam Barker by President Trump to serve as U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. Portman and Brown recommended the President nominate Judge Barker for the vacancy in Cleveland, Ohio, which was created when the Honorable Donald C. Nugent took senior status. The nomination will now be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee before being considered for confirmation by the full U.S. Senate. The Northern District has court locations in Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown and serves approximately 5.9 million citizens of the 40 most northern counties in Ohio.
“I applaud the President’s decision to nominate Pam Barker to serve as Cleveland’s newest federal judge,” said Portman. “Her time presiding over the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas has prepared her to hit the ground running and honorably serve the people of Ohio. She has the necessary experience and sound judgement to be a great federal judge and will make Ohio proud in this new role.”
“I’m proud to join Senator Portman in this bipartisan process, and I thank Pam Barker for her willingness to serve,” said Brown. “Judge Barker will bring the right combination of experience, commitment, and talent to the job of District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.”
“I am honored and humbled to be nominated to serve as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio,” said Judge Barker. “I would like to thank President Trump, Senator Portman, and Senator Brown for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to fulfill this very important role.”
Judge Pamela Barker: Pamela Barker is a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Cleveland, Ohio. She was appointed to the court by Governor John Kasich and assumed office on September 19, 2011. Barker was elected to the court in November 2012, and re-elected in 2014. Judge Barker received her undergraduate degree in political science from Kenyon College in 1979 and her J.D. from the Ohio State University in 1982.
NOTE: The President of the United States nominates U.S. District Court Judges based on recommendations from U.S. Senators. Those recommendations are then vetted by the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee before being considered for confirmation by the full U.S. Senate. U.S. District Courts are general trial courts that hear both civil and criminal cases.