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Toomey and Casey Applaud Confirmation of Kenney and Phipps to U.S. District Courts in Pennsylvania

October 11, 2018
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Washington, D.C. - Following the confirmation of Judge Chad Kenney and Mr. Peter Phipps to the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, respectively, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) released the following statements:

"I am pleased that the Senate confirmed Judge Chad Kenney and Peter Phipps to the federal bench," said Senator Toomey. "During his years of public service, Judge Kenney has proven himself to be an independent and fair jurist who has served the people of Delaware County well. Judge Kenney will make a terrific addition to Pennsylvania's Eastern District bench and I congratulate him.

"I also congratulate Peter Phipps on his confirmation to serve as a judge for Pennsylvania's Western District. Mr. Phipps has extensive private and public sector experience, having worked as a litigator and as an attorney at the Department of Justice. I have no doubt that he will serve the Western District with integrity and fairness."

"I'm pleased to see these confirmations, and I am confident that Chad Kenney and Peter Phipps will faithfully serve the people of Pennsylvania," said Senator Casey. "Judge Kenney's years of service on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and Mr. Phipps's trial experience at the Department of Justice will serve them well on the Federal 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 18 Federal District Court Judges for Pennsylvania. Only two states - California and New York - have had more district court judges confirmed to their federal benches during this time.

Background:

Judge Chad Kenney: Judge Chad Kenney has served as a judge on the Court of Commons Pleas for Delaware County Court since 2003. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the court's President Judge. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Kenney has presided over cases in the Domestic Relations, Criminal, Civil and Orphans' Court sections. Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Kenney served as the Sheriff of Delaware County and worked at several private sector law firms. Judge Kenney earned his B.A., cum laude, from Villanova University and his J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Mr. Peter Phipps: Peter Phipps has served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. since 2003 and has been a senior trial counsel since 2011. During his time at the Department of Justice, Mr. Phipps has worked in the federal programs branch defending federal statutes, regulations, and programs against legal challenges brought in federal courts throughout the nation. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Phipps worked at the international law firm of Jones Day and clerked for a U.S. federal appeals court judge. Mr. Phipps received his J.D. from Stanford Law in 1998 and his B.A. & B.S. from the University of Dayton in 1995.