Now that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate, it means there may be a vacancy on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Deborah Cook, who is a justice on the state's highest court, is among candidates for federal appeals judgeships whose nominations are pending in the Senate. President Bush announced their selections in May 2001.
The nominations will move again now that Republicans have taken control of the Senate. They gained a 51-48 Senate edge as a result of Tuesday's elections, with one race still in doubt.
Senate Republicans plan to push through as many of Bush's judicial nominees as possible next year, and even to revive some that the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted down this year.
Cook is a conservative known for strict interpretations of the law. She is in the minority in the Supreme Court's current 4-3 split on decisions involving schools, insurance and lawsuits.