09 July 2009

Obama Nominates Berger for Federal Bench

President Barack Obama has nominated Kanawha Circuit Judge Irene Berger for the U.S. District Court bench, The Associated Press reports.

Berger would succeed Judge David Faber in the state's southern federal court district.

"She has served as a circuit judge for 15 years," AP reports. "She also has served as an assistant prosecutor in Kanawha County and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office."

U.S. Sens. Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., had recommended Berger for the judgeship in January.

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