Barbara Swinton

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Barbara Swinton
Justice of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
Assumed office
September 14, 2016
Appointed byMary Fallin
Preceded byWilliam Hetherington
Personal details
Spouse(s)Charles Swinton
Alma materOklahoma State University (B.A., political science)
Georgia State University College of Law (J.D., law)
OccupationAttorney, judge

Barbara Swinton is a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. She was appointed to the appellate court by Governor Mary Fallin on September 14, 2016 to replace Judge Bill Hetherington, who retired from District Four, Office One on September 2, 2016.[1] Prior to her appointment, Judge Swinton served as district court judge for the 7th Judicial District, beginning in 2002.[1][a]

Swinton was appointed as a special judge for Oklahoma County in 1996. Before that, she worked for a year as a trial lawyer with David W. Lee and Associates, handling family law and federal civil rights cases.[1]

Her first professional job was with Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and Lewis, where she spent four years practicing general civil and family law.[1]

Judge Swinton earned her bachelor's degree in political science with honors from Oklahoma State University and her law degree in 1991 from Georgia State University College of Law.[1]


Swinton is married to Charles Swinton, senior vice president of public affairs and corporate trust at BancFirst. The couple has three adult children.[1]


  1. ^ On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Governor Fallon nominated Oklahoma County Special Judge Richard Ogden as Swinton's replacement as district judge. Ogden had previously served for two years as the Oklahoma County Special Judge. He earned his J. D. at Oklahoma University.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Submitted by Governor Mary Fallin's office. "Governor Mary Fallin selects Judge Barbara Swinton to fill vacancy on Oklahoma Civil Appeals Court". Norman Transcript. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  2. ^ "Oklahoma Governor Names Ogden Oklahoma County District Judge." U.S. News.May 11, 2010. Accessed May 4, 2018.