Thursday, February 16, 2017
Celebrating Black History Month: Tom Colbert, Chief Justice Oklahoma Supreme Court
January 4, 2013, Tom Colbert was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, appointed by then Governor Brad Henry. He remains in that position today. He is the first African-American to hold this post. Born in Oklahoma City, he graduated from Sapulpa High School (near Tulsa) and earned an associate's degree from Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.
After teaching public school in Chicago and serving on the Criminal Investigation Division of the US Army, he returned to Oklahoma and received his JD from the Oklahoma University School of Law in 1982.