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OKLAHOMA CITY – Tom Colbert has been sworn in as the first African-American chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The Tulsa World reports ( ) Colbert was sworn in Friday.

Former Gov. Brad Henry appointed Colbert to the state Supreme Court in 2004.

Colbert is the first African-American to serve on the state’s nine-member high court.

He served on the state Court of Civil Appeals prior to his service on the Supreme Court.

Colbert earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. He was an assistant district attorney from 1984 until 1986 in Oklahoma County. He had a private law practice from 1986 until 2000 in Oklahoma City.