David Bender was sworn in on Jan. 21, 2023 to the office of Judge of the Fayette County Common Pleas Court, General and Domestic Relations Division. He will assume the duties of this new office on Feb. 9.
Judge Bender began practicing law in Fayette County in 1987 as an associate of James Butler. He later became a partner in Butler and Bender before starting a sole practice in 1999. In 2004, Bender was elected as Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney.
He maintained his private practice and his role as prosecuting attorney until May of 2011 when he was appointed as judge of the Fayette County Probate/Juvenile Court. After being elected to that position in three elections, Judge Bender was elected to fill the General and Domestic Relations Division portion to replace retiring Judge Steven Beathard.
Judge Bender served as the president of the Ohio Juvenile Judges Association for the year 2020. He has also been active in the community, being involved in the Fayette County YMCA, United Way of Fayette County, Kiwanis, Rotary, Good Hope Lions Club, Bloomingburg Masonic Lodge #449, Fayette County Soccer Association and having been an assistant coach for the Washington Court House High School soccer and swim teams.
Judge Bender is married to Susan and they have two adult children, Grant Bender and Madison (Jack) Higgens.