Washington D.C. - Following the announcement of President Trump's intent to nominate 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:

"Christy Wiegand has a wealth of legal experience from her service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh. President Trump has made a great choice nominating her to the federal bench," said Senator Toomey. "I believe Ms. Wiegand's experience, intellect, and commitment to the rule of law will serve her and the people of Pennsylvania well."

"I am pleased that Christy Wiegand has been nominated to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania's Western District," said Senator Casey. "I am grateful for her willingness to serve. It is clear from her experience as a federal prosecutor that she has the necessary intellect, experience and character to faithfully and independently administer justice for the people of the Commonwealth."

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 27 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.