WASHINGTON (100.1 FM and AM 1020 KDKA) — U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey announced on Friday that they are now accepting applications for Federal District Court Judge.
The senators are looking to appoint someone into that role for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
"Since 2011, during both Democratic and Republican presidential administrations, Senator Toomey and I have worked together to submit consensus candidates for Federal District Court seats in Pennsylvania," said Senator Casey.
"I look forward to continuing this important bipartisan work to identify and support highly-qualified judicial candidates in Pennsylvania with the necessary experience, character and temperament for lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary."
Senators Toomey and Casey will be operating under the following due process to fill the judgeship positions:
1. A judicial nomination advisory panel will be established in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2. This panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the two U.S. Senators
3. Senators Casey and Toomey will each appoint panel members and one co-chair. The co-chairs will be Robert Ross, Founding Partner, Ross Feller Casey, LLP & John Soroko, Chairman Emeritus and Partner, Duane Morris LLP
This is not uncharted waters for the senators; they’ve been filling in these vacancies together for ten years.
And during that span, they’ve "vetted, recommended and confirmed" 29 judges into the federal positions.
"Since joining the Senate in 2011, I’ve worked with Senator Casey to confirm 29 qualified nominees to fill district court vacancies on the federal bench in Pennsylvania. Only two states - New York and Texas - have had more district court vacancies filled during this time.
"This is a testament