Justice Mary DeGenaro was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor John Kasich on January 29, 2018, to fill the vacancy left by departing Justice William O’Neill. She will have nine months of incumbency behind her before the November 8 General Election. She is a Cuyahoga County native.
Prior to her Ohio Supreme Court appointment, DeGenaro was elected to the Seventh District Court of Appeals in 2000 and served in that capacity until her Ohio Supreme Court appointment. During her tenure on the appellate court, she sat by assignment with the Ohio Supreme Court and multiple appellate districts.
Active in the Ohio Judicial Conference (OJC), DeGenaro has been serving as the co-chair of the Judicial Ethics & Professionalism Committee since 2013, which duties include serving on the OJC Executive Committee and the Moyer Civility Group. She also was an adjunct faculty member in Youngstown State University’s Political Science Department. Prior to joining the appellate court, she served on Poland Village Council.
DeGenaro earned her undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
As a candidate for election, Justice DeGenaro is endorsed by the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice, the Ohio Republican Party and the Youngstown Vindicator.