Stitt pick for OK Supreme Court described as pro-life

Gov. Kevin Stitt named M. John Kane IV, of Pawhuska, to the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday, filling the first of two vacancies on the nine-member court.

Kane, 57, a registered Republican, has been a district judge in Osage County since 2005. He does not have to be confirmed by either house of the State Legislature. He will replace retired justice John Reif, who was appointed by former Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat.

“Judge Kane’s extensive record serving the 10th Judicial District and his broad support in the community, and from across the state, speak toward his qualifications to join the highest court in Oklahoma,” Stitt, a Republican, said.

“Kane is an accomplished judge with a reputation for fairness and a passion to ensure the legal system is serving the needs of the people. I am confident Kane will serve with integrity, honor and a dedication to uphold the rule of law.”

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