, Muskogee, OK

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December 29, 2008

Judge will step down

District judge has served Wagoner, Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties since 1994

District Judge Bruce Sewell of Wagoner announced Monday that he is retiring from office effective March 1.

Sewell has been a district judge serving Wagoner, Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah and Muskogee counties since being elected to that post in 1994.

His replacement as district judge will be named by Gov. Brad Henry on the recommendation of the state judicial nominating committee, Sewell said.

Sewell, 55, said while he has enjoyed being judge, he looks forward to retirement.

“More than likely, I’m going to practice a little law to help my friends, a little political consulting against some others and, hopefully, spend a lot of time talking to my cows and horses about the problems of the world,” Sewell said.

He is a native of McAlester and received his law degree from the University of Tulsa and “cut his professional teeth at the Tulsa County Courthouse.”

“I grew up in the Tulsa County Courthouse under a number of outstanding judges that kind of set me on the path that ended up with my being a judge,” he said.

Sewell went to Wagoner County in 1985 after being appointed associate district judge by Gov. George Nigh.

Sewell was elected in 1986 and re-elected in 1990 without opposition.

He sought the district judgeship in 1994 and has been re-elected, sometimes without opposition, ever since.

Sewell and his wife, Katherine, reside on a ranch between Wagoner and Coweta. They have two children, Grant, who recently graduated from college, and Emily, a junior at Wagoner High School.

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