A former Deschutes County Circuit judge now serving on the state Court of Appeals has been named to the highest court in Oregon.
Roger J. DeHoog was announced as the next justice of the Oregon Supreme Court in a statement Wednesday by the office of Gov. Kate Brown.
“I’m deeply honored that the governor saw fit to appoint me to this position,” DeHoog told the The Bulletin. “I am just thankful and looking forward to this exciting new opportunity that Governor Brown has given me.”
DeHoog, 56, fills a vacancy on the court created by the retirement of Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto. The appointment is effective “immediately,” according to the governor’s office.
Washington County Circuit Judge Ramon A. Pagán was announced as DeHoog’s replacement on the Court of Appeals. Kristina Hellman, and Anna M. Joyce were also announced as new additions to the Court of Appeals.
DeHoog attended Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon Law School. He practiced as a Deschutes County public defender from 1993 to 2000, and handled criminal defense and domestic relations cases while in private practice in Bend from 2000 to 2007. He was an attorney with the Oregon Department of Justice from 2008 to 2012. He then served as a Deschutes County Circuit Court judge from 2012 to 2015, when he was appointed to the Court of Appeals.
DeHoog has filled in at the Supreme Court at various points over the past six years. He said he has respect for the current court and will not pursue major changes.
“Instead, I would like to see the court continue to develop its efforts to genuinely hear new and/or disparate points of view, grapple with them in meaningful and transparent ways, and issue opinions that are understandable, logically sound and fundamentally fair,” he said.
DeHoog serves on the board of NeighborImpact, a community agency in Central Oregon. He is the second Asian Pacific American to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court, and is the only judge on either of Oregon’s appellate courts from outside the Willamette Valley.
“On a more personal level, I would like to make Central Oregonians proud to have someone on the state’s highest court who has made Bend his home for most of his adult life,” DeHoog said.