Feb. 14, 2017: Patrick Wyrick was appointed as an Oklahoma State Supreme Court Judge by Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Wyrick, 35, succeeds Steven Taylor, who retired in 2016. Wyrick has been the Solicitor General at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office since 2011. The Supreme Court appointment is Fallin’s first on the nine-Judge court. Supreme Court Judges work on the court as long as they are able and must appear on the ballot and be retained by voters every six years, according to state statute. Fallin appointed Wyrick from three applicants submitted to her by the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission. Fallin must choose from those three people. Applicants had to be thirty or older and a practicing lawyer or Judge for at least five years. Wyrick, a fourth-generation Atoka native, has deep ties in the Second Judicial District, and he has remained involved in the family business, Wyrick Lumber Co., which has locations in Atoka and Hugo. Wyrick received his law degree from Oklahoma University’s College of Law. Before he joined the Attorney General’s Office, Wyrick worked as an associate lawyer at the law firm of GableGotwals and as a Law Clerk for Judge James Payne at the U.S. District Court of Eastern Oklahoma in Muskogee.