SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The White House has nominated Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastoianni for a federal judge post in Massachusetts.
Mastroianni has been nominated to replace U.S. District Court Michael Ponsor, a Springfield-sitting federal judge.
According to The White House website:
"President Barack Obama nominated Mark G. Mastroianni and Indira Talwani for District Court judgeships.
"These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," said President Obama. "I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity."
Mark G. Mastroianni: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts."
Mastroianni told 22News, "It is truly an honor to be nominated by the President." He said he is also grateful to Sen. Warren. He says it's important for people to know he is committed to continuing his job as District Attorney right now and keeping his cases moving in the right direction.
The nomination will now go to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing.
If Mastroianni is confirmed by the Senate, Gov. Deval Patrick will get to appoint his replacement until the next election in 2014.
Mastroianni had applied for a position as a federal judge back in late June, but he has been resuming his duties as District Attorney, and it has remained unclear if or how long it would be before he was nominated.
Mastroianni was elected as Hampden County District Attorney as an independent candidate back in 2011, taking over after longtime DA William Bennett.