Washington D.C. – Following the confirmation of Christy Wiegand 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 the Senate has confirmed Christy Wiegand to sit on the federal bench in the Western District of Pennsylvania,” said Senator Toomey. “Her many years of experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney demonstrate her dedication to public service. I am confident Ms. Wiegand’s experience, intellect, and dedication to a just and fair legal system will serve her and the people of Pennsylvania well.”

“I am pleased that Christy Wiegand has been confirmed to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania's Western District,” said Senator Casey. “She has the intellect, experience and integrity to faithfully and independently administer justice for the people of the Commonwealth. Her distinguished career, including her public service as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, has prepared her well to serve the people of Pennsylvania with distinction.”

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 29 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

Christy Wiegand is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where she prosecutes a variety of crimes, including large-scale drug trafficking, child exploitation, illegal firearms, and fraud. Previously, Ms. Wiegand served as the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 2004, Ms. Wiegand served as a law clerk to Judge D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Wiegand was in private practice at Arnold & Porter LLP, in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on antitrust matters. Ms. Wiegand earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Princeton University, and her J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Cornell Law Review.