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Toomey and Casey Applaud Nomination of Peter Phipps to Serve as Federal Judge in PA’s Western District

February 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Following the announcement of President Trump's intent to nominate Peter Phipps to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) released the following statements:

"I am pleased that President Trump will nominate Peter Phipps to serve as a federal judge in Pennsylvania's Western District," said Senator Toomey. "In addition to his private sector experience, Mr. Phipps has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division in both Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. for the past 14 years. And since 2011, Mr. Phipps has served as a Senior Trial Counsel for the division. I am confident that Mr. Phipps will serve the Western District with fairness and integrity."

"I am pleased that the Administration has taken further steps to address the judicial vacancies in the Western District of Pennsylvania," said Senator Casey. "Mr. Phipps is an able attorney who has spent the bulk of his career in public service. I am thankful for his willingness to continue that service on the bench."

Since Senator Toomey joined the Senate in 2011, Senators Toomey and Casey have worked together, in a bipartisan fashion, to fill vacancies on the federal bench in Pennsylvania. Together, they have vetted, recommended, and confirmed 14 Federal District Court Judges and two Circuit Court Judges for Pennsylvania. Only two states -- California and New York -- have had more judges confirmed to their federal benches during this time.