After officially being elected President Pro Tempore on Tuesday, Brian Bingman (Bing-man), R-Sapulpa, announced his Judicial Nominating Commission selection today. State Question 752, which passed by a vote of the people on November 2nd 2010, grants both the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House a selection to the Judicial Nominating Commission. The appointments will result in two additional members and give more input into the judicial selection process.
“I am proud to call on Dr. Don Murray to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission,” said Bingman. “He will be a great addition and he will bring practical experience from the private sector to benefit the judicial nomination process.”
Don P. Murray, M.D., resides in Edmond, Ok. A Ponca City native, Murray is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University Of Oklahoma School Of Medicine. Dr. Murray currently practices in Oklahoma City.
“Going forward, this appointment will help give the people of Oklahoma a voice in the process of selecting judges. Dr. Murray understands the importance of a good judicial branch and this nomination honors that voice,” said Bingman.
The appointee will serve a two year term without compensation. The legislature does provide funds to reimburse commission members for travel and lodging expenses incurred while performing duties of the nominating commission. The Judicial Nominating Commission works on judicial nominations of Associate District Judges, District Judges, Workers Compensation Judges, Court of Civil Appeals, Court of Criminal Appeals, and Supreme Court Justices.