Tulsa Judge Tabbed for Higher Court

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin chooses Thornbrugh for civil appeals court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has selected District Judge Tom Thornbrugh to fill an Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals vacancy.

Thornbrugh has served as district judge in Tulsa County since 1997 and is currently presiding judge. He has overseen more than 200 jury trials involving civil and criminal matters.

Before being appointed to the district court, Thornbrugh spent more than 20 years in private law practice in Tulsa. He also served as prosecuting attorney for the city of Bixby and as a municipal judge in Tulsa.

Thornbrugh is a member of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference, where he serves on the conference's executive board and legislative committee. He also is president of the Council of Presiding Judges.

Thornbrugh also is an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa and at St. Gregory's University.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.