WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced Jeffery P. Hopkins at his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing to serve as a U.S. federal district court judge for the Southern District of Ohio, which includes Hocking County. Hopkins is filling a vacancy left when Judge Timothy S. Black took senior status in May. The Southern District has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties. Brown and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) recommended Judge Hopkins to the president for nomination.