Six judges of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals will be on the
Nov. 8 General Election retention ballot. Those judges are:
Stewart M. Hunter, Oklahoma City.
Carol Hansen, Oklahoma City.
James P. Garrett, Mangum.
Carl B. Jones, Oklahoma City.
Joe C. Taylor, Durant.
Daniel J. Boudreau, Tulsa.
Hunter was born Nov. 14, 1927, the son of Scottish immigrants.
In July 1945 he joined the U.S. Navy and served thirteen months
active duty on Carrier Vessel Escort. He graduated in 1951 from
Oklahoma A M College with a degree in Animal Husbandry and a
commission in the Infantry. He served in Korea for eleven months
with the 45th Division. Upon discharge, Hunter returned to
Oklahoma City where he and his wife, the former Betty Elrod, have
lived since 1953. They have two sons.
Hunter graduated from the Oklahoma City University School of
Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1962, then went into private
law practice in Oklahoma City. On Jan. 13, 1969, he was appointed
one of the first special judges in Oklahoma County.
In 1970 Hunter was elected associate district judge in
Oklahoma County. In 1978 he was assigned to the Civil-Criminal
Docket and in 1981 he became chief judge of the Domestic
Relations Division of the District Court.
Hunter was elected to the Oklahoma Court of Appeals in 1982
without an opponent. In 1990 he was elected by his fellow judges
to serve as vice-chief judge and then as chief judge. He has
served the Court of Appeals for two terms.
Hansen was born and raised within a quarter of a mile of the
State Capitol. Hansen graduated from Classen High School. She
completed her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma City University
with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation, she taught school in
Oklahoma City and in Noble.
Hansen married Paul N. Hansen while he was coaching at Noble
High School. They have five daughters.
She received her law degree from Oklahoma City University in
1974. Upon graduation she served for five years as judicial
counsel to Justice John B. Doolin of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
She then moved to Stillwater, where she practiced law as the
managing attorney for the Stillwater offices of Legal Aid of
Western Oklahoma. Hansen also served as municipal judge of the
City of Stillwater.
In 1984, Hansen took the position of marshal of the Supreme
Court and in 1985 Gov. George Nigh appointed her as judge of the
Court of Appeals. Hansen was elected to that position in 1986 in
a contested election throughout the 6th Congressional District.
She is in her 10th year as a judge of the Court of Appeals and is
seeking to be retained for another six-year term.
Hansen has served as vice-chief judge of the court, and in
1993 she was elected by her fellow judges as chief judge of the
court, the first female to serve as chief judge of any appellate
court in the State of Oklahoma.
Hansen is a member of the American Bar Association and has
participated in the American Inns of Court and numerous Oklahoma
Bar Association committees. She also serves as a member of the
Dispute Resolution Advisory Board, a board statutorily created to
implement alternative dispute resolution programs.
Garrett was first judge elected to the Oklahoma Court of
Appeals in 1986. He was afterwards retained as a judge of the
court in 1988 and is currently the presiding judge of the Court's
Before becoming a judge on the Court of Appeals, Garrett
served as assistant attorney general for seven years, city
attorney for Mangum for more than 20 years, practiced law for
more than 20 years and served as district attorney from 1983-86.
Garrett is a combat veteran of World War II. After his
military service, Garrett graduated with a B.S. in Business, and
a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Garrett has been active in various community and state
organizations, having served as a member of the Oklahoma Pardon
and Parole Board, president of the Mangum Rotary Club, member of
the Mangum School Board, president of the Mangum Chamber of
Commerce, and life member of the American Legion and Veterans of
Foreign Wars. …