WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded Senate confirmation of Douglas R. Cole to serve as U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. The vacancy was created when Judge Susan J. Dlott took senior status on May 31, 2018. The Southern District has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties.

“I applaud the Senate for confirming Doug Cole to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio,” said Portman. “Mr. Cole is one of the most experienced and well-respected litigators in Ohio. His record of success in private practice and his service to Ohio during his time as the State’s Solicitor General make him an excellent choice for this position. He will make Ohio proud in this new role.”

“Doug Cole is a seasoned lawyer and public servant who was recommended by our bipartisan judicial selection commission to serve Ohio’s Southern District,” said Brown. “He brings a broad range of legal experience to the table, which will help him tackle the issues he will face as a judge.”

“I am incredibly thankful to Senators Portman and Brown for their support, and to President Trump for his decision to nominate me to the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. I look forward to serving as a judge,” said Cole.

Cole is a partner at Organ Cole LLP in Columbus. From 2002-06, Cole served as state solicitor of Ohio in the Office of the Ohio attorney general. He was a professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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.