The Norman Transcript


December 11, 2012

Inhofe praises senate confirmation of judge

NORMAN — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., praised the Senate confirmation of John Dowdell as the next U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma today.

His nomination was approved by a vote of 95-0:

“I applaud the Senate’s confirmation today of John Dowdell as the next U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which sits in my hometown of Tulsa,” Inhofe said. “Dowdell is a native Tulsan and has been extensively involved in the community in addition to being widely recognized for his work. Since the 1983, he has accumulated extensive state and federal litigation experience representing a variety of clients working at the same Tulsa firm in which he is named a partner. Dowdell has also served as an adjunct settlement judge in the Northern District for the past 14 years where he has gained extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator.”

Dowdell is a partner in the firm Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Dowdell P.C., based in Tulsa. He was nominated f or the Normthern District by Pres. Barack Obama on February 29. According to, from 1999 until 2012 Dowdell served on a pro bono basis as an Adjunct Settlement Judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. From 1981 to 1983 Dowdell served as a law clerk for the Honorable William Holloway Jr. of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Dowdell has stated that he does not agree with the notion that the Constitution is a “living” document that constantly evolves as society interprets it,” Inhofe said. “His statements on the Constitution and his judicial philosophy is in keeping with the Framers, and in lock step with my own. I believe he will serve Oklahoma and our nation well.”

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