OKLAHOMA CITY -- Pottawatomie County District Judge Douglas L. Combs has been named to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court. Governor Brad Henry announced Friday that Combs will replace Justice Rudolph Hargrave who is retiring after 30 years on the Court.
"Judge Combs has the temperament, intellect and experience to be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice," Gov. 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 chose Combs, a Shawnee resident, 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. He has also worked in private practice and served as a deputy clerk for the Oklahoma Supreme Court and as an assistant state attorney general.
Judge 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.