Lucas County Republican Party
Judicial Salute of Supported Candidates
Join us as we salute our Lucas County Republican Judges with special guest Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio Maureen O'Connor
September 6th at Toledo Club from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Purchase tickets online using our secured PayPal link or mail a check (see instructions below)
Law firm sponsor (with recognition at the Salute)-- $1,000
Individual Sponsor (with recognition at the Salute) -- $500
Ticket -- $100 per person
Please make checks payable to the "Lucas County Republican Party Judicial Fund" and mail to the Lucas County Republican Party at P.O. Box 1085, Maumee Ohio 43537.
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Chief Justice Supreme Court of Ohio
On Jan. 1, 2011, Maureen O’Connor became the first female chief justice and just the
10th chief in the history of the Supreme Court of Ohio. She joined the court in 2002, as the
state’s 148th justice, which, at the time, gave the Supreme Court its first-ever female majority.
On the first day of January, 2017, Chief Justice O’Connor began her second full term as the
head of Ohio’s judiciary. The last day of her current term is Dec. 31, 2022.
Since she took office in 2011, Chief Justice O’Connor has led significant reforms and
improvements in the Ohio judicial system, including improving access to justice by addressing
the impact that court fines, fees, and bail practices have on economically disadvantaged
communities, an issue she focuses on as co-chair of the National Task Force on Fees, Fines and Bail
Practices. She also is president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center
for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors.
In addition, in 2016, she started an effort to address the opiate/heroin epidemic by gathering legal experts and state court officials
from nine surrounding states to determine ways to address the issue on a regional basis. She also established a task force to maintain
public trust and confidence in grand juries, created a committee to examine the administration of the death penalty, and proposed
improvements to strengthen judicial elections in Ohio.
She joined the Supreme Court of Ohio as a justice in January 2003, and was re-elected in November 2008. She was elected chief justice
in 2010, and was re-elected to a second, and final, six-year term in 2016. Her first statewide judicial election in 2002, in which she took
more than 57 percent of the vote, made her the 148th justice to the court, the sixth woman to join the court, and gave the court its first-ever
female majority. Born in the nation’s capital and raised in Strongsville and Parma, Chief Justice O’Connor’s career in public service
and the law spans three decades and includes service as a private lawyer, magistrate, common pleas court judge, prosecutor, and Supreme Court justice.
Other honored guests planning to attend:
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat Fischer
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Mary DeGenaro
6th District Court of Appeals Judge Christine Mayle
6th District Court of Appeals Judge Jim Jensen
Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Gene Zmuda
Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings
Lucas County Common Please Judge Michael Goulding
Lucas County Domestic Relations Judge Dave Lewandowski
Lucas County Domestic Relations Judge Lisa McGowan
Toledo Municipal Court Judge Josh Lanzinger
Toledo Municipal Court Judge Tim Kuhlman
Toledo Muncicpal Court Judge William Connelly
Toledo Municipal Court Judge Nicole Khoury
Toledo Municipal Court Judge Amy Berling
Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard
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Lucas County Republican Party Judicial Candidates
Judge Gene Zmuda
GENE A. ZMUDA paid his own way through high school, college, and law school. His persistence paid dividends with a lively legal and judicial career. He believes the only way to ensure justice is to work hard. This mentality, instilled at a young age, has served Judge Zmuda throughout his career. Prior to becoming a judge in 2003, he represented clients in trial and appellate courts for 19 years—most recently as a partner in a law firm with clients throughout Northwest Ohio.
Based upon his reputation for personal and professional integrity, in 2003, the governor appointed Judge Zmuda to the Toledo Municipal Court, where he served until December 2006. Upon taking the bench, Judge Zmuda realized major improvements were needed. So, he served an unprecedented three years as Administrative and Presiding Judge for the Court. He used this position to implement many positive technological changes—including video dockets and real-time data entry—that made the court more efficient and accessible for the parties, lawyers, public, and taxpayers.
Because of Judge Zmuda’s performance, in 2006 the governor again appointed him: this time to the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, which has jurisdiction of criminal and civil cases throughout Lucas County. Judge Zmuda served as the Administrative Judge for the Court in 2012, and as the Presiding Judge for the Court in 2013. In December of 2008, then Chief Justice Thomas Moyer appointed Judge Zmuda to serve as one of two Commercial Docket judges in Lucas County. Ten years later, he still serves in this position. This docket is designed to give business disputes specialized attention for efficient resolution. Because of this, Judge Zmuda has presided over hundreds of complex business cases involving numerous parties and often very large sums of money.
Judge Zmuda knows that every case—no matter the stakes—is important to the parties, so he has kept his regular civil and criminal docket on top of the specialized docket. This diverse caseload makes him a better judge with a broader perspective. Judge Zmuda has written thousands of constitutional, criminal, business, and procedural decisions and has presided over dozens of trials. He has made the tough call of whether a convicted defendant will go to prison or get a chance at probation. He decides cases by keeping an open mind, studying the issues, and treating all people with fairness and dignity.
Judge Zmuda’s passion for public service and education extends outside the courtroom. He has volunteered for numerous civic and charitable organizations and given frequent presentations on legal issues—including bail reform and efficient case management—to judicial colleagues and practicing lawyers. To help ensure proper legal education for future generations, Judge Zmuda serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo College of Law and Undergraduate Honors College and has served as President of the University of Toledo Honors College Alumni Affiliate.
Above all, “Judge” Zmuda’s proudest titles are “husband” and “dad.” His top achievements are his longtime marriage to his wife Terri—a former college basketball player who is a better athlete than her husband could ever dream to be—and his unbreakable bond with their twin boys Matthew and Eric, who played college baseball together and are now young men.
Judge Joshua W. Lanzinger
JOSHUA W. LANZINGER was raised in Toledo, Ohio, and attended St. Francis de Sales High School. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1994 and received a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in philosophy. He then attended the University of Toledo College of Law and graduated in 1997. Upon admission to the bar, he worked as an associate attorney for Anspach, Meeks & Ellenberger. In 2000, he started his own solo practice.
In April of 2002, he took a hiatus from the practice of law to serve in the U.S. Army, which included a tour in Iraq. Upon his honorable discharge, he worked for the Ohio Attorney General in the workers’ compensation section. In September of 2013, he was appointed by Governor Kasich as a judge in the Toledo Municipal Court. He successfully retained the seat in the general election of November 5th.
Judge Lanzinger has served on a number of professional committees over the years including: Toledo Junior Bar Executive Committee; Toledo Bar Association Nominating Committee; Toledo Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee; Toledo Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee; Toledo Bar Association Membership Committee; Thurgood Marshall Law Association; Citizens Dispute Settlement Mediator; American Inns of Court - Morrison R. Waite Chapter: Ohio Attorney General Pro Bono and Patriot Program, and; UT Paralegal Studies Advisory Board.
Judge Lanzinger also currently serves on the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Public Confidence and Community Outreach Committee and the Ethics and Professionalism Committee.
Outside of work, Judge Lanzinger is an active fitness enthusiast and enjoys spending time riding his motorcycle.
JUSTICE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO
Justice DeGenaro served nearly 17 years as a judge on the Seventh District Court of Appeals in Youngstown prior to her Supreme Court appointment. The appointed term ends Jan. 1, 2019 for a seat up for election in November 2018.
During her tenure on the Seventh District Court of Appeals, which began Feb. 9, 2001, she sat by assignment with the Ohio Supreme Court and other appellate districts.
Justice DeGenaro has served in many roles outside the courtroom. She was an adjunct faculty member for the political science department at Youngstown State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. She received her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she interned with U.S. District Judge George White.
Admitted to the Ohio bar in 1986, she also was admitted to practice in the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.Prior to her judgeship, she served on the Poland Village Council.Justice DeGenaro was appointed by the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer to serve during 2002 and 2003 as a member of the Voter Education & Public Funding Working Group to further Judicial Impartiality: The Next Step Forum. This court-policy initiative addressed issues involving judicial races and preserving the integrity of Ohio’s judiciary.
She currently serves as Vice President of the Ohio Women's Bar Association. In 2005, she began serving as a founding member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Specialty Certification Board, which administers the specialty bar examination and certification.Involved in a variety of community organizations, Justice DeGenaro’s service includes the board of trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Past service includes the external advisory committees for the Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service at Cleveland State University, and Youngstown State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.Outside of her judicial duties, Justice DeGenaro enjoys reading and beekeeping. She is also a member of the Farm Bureau. She and her husband, Steve, reside in Poland, Ohio. They have two adult sons.
Judge Craig R. Baldwin
Judge Craig Baldwin was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 2013. He was elected to the
position in 2014 and again in 2016. Prior to his time on the appellate court, Judge Baldwin served eight
years as a judge in the Licking County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division.
An attorney since 1992, Judge Baldwin was a partner with the law firm of Jones, Norpell, List, Miller and
Howarth. In 2001 he was appointed by the Licking County Commissioners as director of the Licking
County Child Support Enforcement Agency until his election as judge in 2004. He was re-elected as
judge in 2010.
Judge Baldwin obtained his Juris Doctor from Capital University, Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio
University and pursued graduate degree work in public administration at Ohio University.
Judge Baldwin has served by assignment on the Ohio Supreme Court. Judge Baldwin is a former chair of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission
on the Rules of Superintendence, a member of the Licking County Bar, Stark County Bar and Ohio State Bar Associations. In 2012 he was appointed
to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Funding of Ohio Courts. Judge Baldwin is also a frequent instructor at the Ohio Judicial College.
Judge Baldwin is a member of the Newark-Heath Rotary and a board member of the Licking Memorial Hospital. He is married and has two children.