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Inhofe Introduces Bill to Name Oklahoma Courthouse After Judge Holloway


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced legislation that would name the federal courthouse serving the Western District of Oklahoma after the late Judge William J. Holloway, Jr. 

“On behalf of Judge Holloway and his family, I have introduced a bill to name the courthouse serving the Western District of Oklahoma in his honor,” Inhofe said. "Judge Holloway was the longest serving judge on the 10th Circuit and authored over 900 opinions during his service. He was well regarded by all who worked with him, appeared before him, and knew him. He was known for not proclaiming any type of philosophy and for adhering to the highest of standards. He held every decision up against the facts of the case and the guidance of the Constitution."

Judge Holloway was born in Hugo, Okla., and his father was the eighth governor of the state of Oklahoma.  He served in the US Army during the height of World War II, received his law degree from Harvard University in 1950, and worked in private practice with a two year stint for the Department of Justice.  President Lyndon Johnson nominated Judge Holloway to the 10th Circuit in August 1968, and the Senate confirmed him on Sept. 13, 1968, where he served as chief judge from 1984 to 1991.  Judge Holloway assumed senior status in May 1992 and passed away April 25, 2014, in Oklahoma City.

The legislation has the support of the current judges on the Western District Court as well as retired Judge Ralph Thompson, who served on the bench in the Western District from 1975 to 2007, and many in the legal community in the Western District of Oklahoma.