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Toomey Applauds Confirmation of Judge Peter Phipps to Third Circuit

July 16, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Peter Phipps to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:

"Judge Phipps will make an outstanding addition to the Third Circuit and I am pleased that a bipartisan majority of the Senate confirmed him," said Senator Toomey. "His experience as a federal trial judge and as a decorated career attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice will serve him well as an appellate judge. On the circuit court, I am confident he will continue to be an impartial jurist who treats everyone fairly and applies the law as written."

Senator Toomey and Senator Casey recommended Judge Phipps to serve on the U.S. States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and both returned blue slips for him for that position. In 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Phipps by voice vote after he was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote.

The Third Circuit hears appeals from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Judge Peter Phipps is currently a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where he has served since the U.S. Senate confirmed him by voice vote in 2018.

He also teaches administrative law as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. Before ascending to the bench, Judge Phipps served as a senior trial counsel in the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division. During his 15-year tenure at the Department of Justice, Judge Phipps litigated some of the most significant cases implicating the interests of the United States and received numerous awards and commendations, including the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award.

Earlier in his career, Judge Phipps spent three years as an associate at Jones Day, where his practice focused on civil litigation. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Judge Phipps earned both a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in history from the University of Dayton, summa cum laude, and earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as the managing editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.