Henry Names Shawnee Judge To Supreme Court
Governor Brad Henry today announced the appointment of District Judge Douglas L. Combs to the State Supreme Court.
Combs will succeed Justice Rudolph Hargrave, who announced his retirement after more than 30 years on the Court.
“Judge Combs has the temperament, intellect and experience to be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice,” Henry said. “He has a long history of public service, and I know he will perform his new duties with the greatest professionalism, integrity and sense of duty to the citizens of our state.”
Henry selected Combs from three candidates whose names were submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Combs has been a district judge since 2003 and served as a special district judge from 1995 to 2003. Previously, he worked in private practice and served as a deputy clerk for the Oklahoma Supreme Court and as an assistant state attorney general.
Combs attended St. Gregory’s Junior College, now St. Gregory’s University, in Shawnee and the University of Oklahoma to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned his juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1976 and was admitted to the bar the same year.
He is married to Janet Lee Combs and the couple has two children. They reside in Shawnee.