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Toomey, Casey Applaud Nomination of John Gallagher to U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania

August 28, 2019
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Philadelphia, Pa. - Following the announcement of President Trump's intent to nominate John Gallagher to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) released the following statements:

"I am pleased President Trump will nominate John Gallagher to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania," said Senator Toomey. "His many years as a federal and state prosecutor and law enforcement officer will serve him well as a judge. I am confident he will be an impartial jurist who treats everyone fairly. I am particularly glad Mr. Gallagher will be filling a seat in the Allentown federal courthouse."

"I am pleased that the White House has nominated John Gallagher for a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania," said Senator Casey. "Mr. Gallagher has more than two decades worth of legal experience and I am confident that he has the integrity, intellect and independence necessary to serve honorably as a federal judge."

Since 2011, Senators Toomey and Casey have worked together, in a bipartisan fashion, to fill vacancies on the federal bench in Pennsylvania. Together they have now vetted, recommended, and confirmed 22 Federal District Court Judges for Pennsylvania. Only two states - New York and Texas - have had more district court judges confirmed to their federal benches during this time.

Background

John Gallagher is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he is the Chief of the Allentown Branch Office. Before joining the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. Gallagher held leadership positions in both the Miami and Philadelphia Police Departments and also served as a New York City Police Officer from 1989 to 1994. Mr. Gallagher was also a White House Fellow in the Department of Justice from 2000 to 2001, serving as Counsel to Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft. Mr. Gallagher earned his B.S. from Long Island University and his J.D. from New York Law School.