Friday, January 7, 2011

Steele Names David Hill To Judicial Commission

House Speaker Kris Steele today named David K. Hill, chief executive officer of Kimray, as his appointee on the Judicial Nominating Commission.

“In November, the citizens of Oklahoma voted to change the membership of the Judicial Nominating Commission to include individuals with broad-based knowledge and experience,” said Steele, R-Shawnee. “David Hill is a proven leader in business, education and government. He clearly has the qualities needed to thoroughly vet nominees for judicial vacancies. I am confident he will serve the state of Oklahoma well and I appreciate his willingness to take on this important duty.”

Hill is an OSU alumnus and has a degree in International Business from the Advanced Training Institute in Chicago, Ill. He has been with Kimray since 1993. Hill previously served for six years on the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, starting in 1998. In 2004, Hill and his wife Shannon founded Providence Hall, a private school providing classical Christian education to the north Oklahoma City metropolitan area. In addition, Hill is a founding board member of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. He and his wife have been married 17 years and have six children.

Andrew Spiropoulos, the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government at Oklahoma City University, made the following statement supporting Steele's appointment of Hill to the Judicial Nominating Commission: "Today's appointment of David Hill to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Speaker Steele demonstrates why the passage of State Question 752 will help the state move toward a better legal system. Instead of having the appointment of the umpires of our system controlled by one of the players in the game, the new commission gives citizens more say in the appointment of judges. I trust that, with the input of people like Mr. Hill, we will appoint more open-minded judges."

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