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Udall, Bennet Urge Senate to Quickly Confirm Raymond Moore to U.S. District Court in Colorado

Nomination Follows an Open, Competitive Review Process

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013

Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet welcomed President Barack Obama's re-nomination today of Raymond Moore, the current federal public defender for Colorado and Wyoming, to the U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado.  Moore, if confirmed, would replace Chief Judge Wiley Y. Daniel, who became a senior judge on Jan. 1, 2013.

"Raymond Moore is extraordinarily well qualified and will make an excellent addition to the federal judiciary, but I am concerned that the Senate did not act faster when he was nominated during the previous session of Congress," Udall said.  "I strongly urge the Judiciary Committee to give Mr. Moore a prompt, fair confirmation hearing, so he can get to work as soon as possible.  A swift confirmation process will help businesses throughout Colorado avoid harmful court backlogs.  We need to ensure that our courts help Colorado companies create jobs and expediently resolve legal issues."

"It's good to see that the President has re-nominated Raymond so quickly in the new year.  His sharp legal mind, deep sense of purpose, commitment to the rule of law, and a steadfast belief in our nation's justice system make an excellent candidate for federal district judge," Bennet said.  "I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to confirm his nomination in a thorough, yet speedy manner."

Udall and Bennet praised Moore's first nomination in November, calling him, "a consummate professional and well respected throughout the community."

Moore is the federal public defender for Wyoming and Colorado, a position he has held since 2003.  Moore, a graduate of Yale Law School (1978) and Yale College (1975), worked for Davis Graham & Stubbs from 1978 to 1982 and again from 1986 to 1992, when he joined the federal public defender's office in Denver.  Moore served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Denver from 1982 to 1986.

Moore's appointment follows Udall and Bennet's formation of a bipartisan, 11-member advisory committee.  The advisory committee vetted numerous applicants in an open, competitive process before forwarding its recommendations to Udall and Bennet.  The senators then forwarded the finalists to the White House.

By: Mike Saccone, 202-224-4334
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