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Search Begins For New Federal District Court Judge

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Sarah Ramsey
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WVXU
The Western Division of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio is housed in Cincinnati at the Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse. There's a second location in Dayton, Oh., as well.

Ohio's two senators are accepting applications to fill an opening on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

The vacancy is created by Judge Susan Dlott who took senior status at the end of May, meaning she'll oversee fewer cases.

Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) are creating a bipartisan judicial advisory committee to review applications and make recommendations.

"I am confident that the bipartisan commission will evaluate applications thoughtfully to help us recommend the best people possible to the president," says Portman in a joint statement.

Brown adds, "I know the commission is devoted to finding the best possible candidates to continue her important work."

President Donald Trump is responsible for making the final recommendation. It must then be confirmed by the Senate.

U.S. district courts hear criminal and civil cases. The Southern District of Ohio serves more than 5 million Ohioans, according to its website.

Dlott was appointed to the court in 1995 by President Bill Clinton. She served as chief judge from 2009 - 2014.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.