Here are some of Judge Joseph J. Vukovich’s career highlights. He will not seek re-election next year to a seat on the 7th District Court of Appeals.

1963: Graduates from Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown. Served senior year as student council president.

1968: Earns a bachelor’s degree in political science from Youngstown State University. Spends 1969 and 1970 serving in Vietnam. While there, he takes his law school admissions test.

1973: Earns a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law and goes to work for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

1977: Becomes a deputy law director in Youngstown.

1978: Runs for an open Ohio House seat, wins a 12-person Democratic primary and then the general election. He is re-elected to six two-year terms.

1992: Because redistricting puts him in the same district as state Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry, he opts not to seek re-election.

1993: Then-state Sen. Harry Meshel resigns to become the Ohio Democratic Party chairman, leaving his seat vacant. Vukovich is selected by the Senate Democratic Caucus to succeed Meshel.

1994: Elected to a four-year term in the state Senate.

1996: Wins an open seat in the 7th District Court of Appeals with a six-year term and vacates his state Senate seat.

2002: Wins re-election to his judicial seat.

2008: Wins a third six-year term on the court.

2013: Announces he won’t seek a fourth term on the court of appeals.

Sources: Vindicator files, Judge Joseph J. Vukovich

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