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Brunner Sworn In, Creating 4-3 Balance On Ohio Supreme Court

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor (left) administers the oath of office to new Justice Jennifer Brunner on her family's Olive Hill Farm in Columbiana County.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor (left) administers the oath of office to new Justice Jennifer Brunner on her family's Olive Hill Farm in Columbiana County.

The Ohio Supreme Court now has three Democratic justices for the first time since 1994, with the first statewide swearing in to start the new year - the 162nd state supreme court justice.

On her family's Columbiana County farm, Democratic former Secretary of State and appeals court judge Jennifer Brunner took the oath as justice from Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, creating a new balance of four Republicans and three Democrats on the Ohio Supreme Court.

“I campaigned hard to win because I was concerned about the future of the Court. And now that I’m here, I couldn’t be happier," Brunner said in a video of the swearing in.

Brunner defeated Judi French, who’d been on the Court since 2013.

Republican Justice Sharon Kennedy was re-elected in the other Supreme Court race in November. She’s said to be looking at running in 2022 to replace O’Connor, who must retire because of age restrictions in the Ohio constitution.

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