OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor J. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced the appointment of Judge M. John Kane IV, of Pawhuska, to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. This is Governor Stitt’s first appointment to the state Supreme Court.
Judge Kane has served Osage County as District Judge for the 10th Judicial District since 2005. During his 14 years on the bench, he has presided as a judge in thousands of cases, and he has served in a number of other capacities to include as president of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference from 2013-2014, as presiding judge-elect of the Northeastern Judicial Administrative District in 2019, and as presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary in 2019.
Kane began practicing as an attorney in 1987 at Kane, Kane & Kane Law Offices, P.C., a law firm founded by his father and grandfather in Pawhuska. During this time, he also served as an administrative law judge for the Department of Human Services-Child Support Division from 1999-2005 and as an assistant district attorney from 1987-1989.
Kane received a B.S. in agricultural economics and accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1984 and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1987. Kane and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 33 years and have four children.
“Judge Kane’s extensive record serving the 10th Judicial District and his broad support in the community, and from across the state, speak toward his qualifications to join the highest court in Oklahoma,” Stitt said. “Kane is an accomplished judge with a reputation for fairness and a passion to ensure the legal system is serving the needs of the people. I am confident Kane will serve with integrity, honor and a dedication to uphold the rule of law.”
Kane also commented on the appointment.
“My great-grandfather was a framer of our state Constitution, and it is truly an honor to be selected to stand as a defender of this treasured deposit of wisdom,” Kane said. “I appreciate the Governor’s confidence in me, and I vow to impartially and fairly conduct the business of the court and serve the people of Oklahoma with full and undivided devotion.”
Kane’s appointment fills the vacancy for District 1 created by the retirement of John F. Reif. Kane was one of three applicants provided by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the governor’s selection.