President Barack Obama today nominated three people to fill vacant U.S. District Court judge seats in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
They are Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro; U.S. Magistrate Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo; and Berks County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl.
Judge Quinones' resume includes work for the federal departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services. Judge Restrepo started as a law clerk at the National Prison Project. Judge Schmehl has been a prosecutor and a public defender.
People For the American Way issued a press release commending the choices and noting that two of the three nominees are of Hispanic heritage, and one, Judge Quinones, would be "the first openly gay Hispanic federal judge."
All federal judge nominees face Senate confirmation.
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