The Ohio Supreme Court is all Republican now that Gov. John Kasich has appointed a new justice.
The appointment of Mary DeGenaro comes a day before the effective date of the resignation of embattled sitting Justice Bill O’Neill, who stepped down to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.
The appointment of DeGenaro, a judge on the 7th District Court of Appeals, seemed likely given that she was already endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party to run for the court this year.
DeGenaro says she looks forward to working with her fellow justices and strengthening confidence in the court.
“Where the rule of law and the protection of precious constitutional rights are the guiding principles.”
DeGenaro’s appointment means women make up the majority of the court. She will now run as an appointed incumbent to keep her seat this fall.