Stitt Appointed an Attorney General Who Was Rated as “Unqualified” to Be a Federal Judge

In July 2021, Stitt appointed John O’Connor as the state’s Attorney General. 

O’Connor had previously been nominated to a federal judgeship, but he withdrew his name from consideration after the American Bar Association’s rating committee unanimously rated O’Connor “unqualified” to be a federal judge. O’Connor was just the fifth person in more than six decades to receive the ABA’s unanimous unqualified rating. 

The Oklahoman reported that documents shared between the ABA committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee “suggest O’Connor was hired by Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak, whom he had hosted political fundraisers for, despite a lack of experience with insurance law. Perhaps most damaging, they indicate O’Connor’s actions were ethically dubious, such as charging clients unusually high fees and, in one case, allegedly scheming to increase his own profits.”

CNHI Oklahoma recently reported that O’Connor, who represents consumers in matters before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities and other industries, accepted more than $50,000 in campaign contributions in his first six months in office from companies regulated by the commission.