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October 22, 2013

Kendall named to Judge’s post

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — It was a busy day on Monday for Pauls Valley attorney Steve Kendall as he walked from one county courthouse office to the next introducing himself as the next associate district judge here.

Kendall has been officially appointed by the governor as the replacement for John Blake, who stepped down from the office and into retirement this past summer.

Kendall was among three local attorneys seeking the appointment, which actually came from Gov. Mary Fallin late Friday afternoon.

Now set to serve out the last year left on Blake’s term, Kendall won’t step into the judge’s robe until a swearing in ceremony expected to come within the next few days.

Always with a modest demeanor and never looking for the spotlight, Kendall couldn’t avoid attracting some attention this week after his name was the one for the judicial appointment.

Kendall said he learned the news from the governor herself when she called his cell phone on Friday.

“She explained my experience of more than 20 years in civil and commercial and criminal law, both as the prosecution and defense, contributed to my selection,” Kendall said.

”The governor felt I was well prepared for this job.”

Kendall agrees as he feels his experience as an attorney, along with some seriously hard knocks in life, have all combined to better prepare him to be Garvin County’s next associate district judge.

In fact, Kendall cites a trio of difficult if not tragic events that have played a big part in his life and shaping him into the kind of person he is today.

Each one has represented a different obstacle in life to overcome with the first coming when Kendall was 11 years old as his father passed away.

”That plunged us into poverty,” he said. ”Later when I went to college I paid my way through school. No one gave us a dime.”

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