Bennet, Udall Welcome Nomination of Raymond Moore to U.S. District Court in Colorado

Moore's Nomination Follows an Open, Competitive Review Process

Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall welcome President Barack Obama’s 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 is becoming a senior judge in January 2013.

"Raymond has a unique combination of a sharp legal mind with a deep sense of purpose, a commitment to the rule of law, and a steadfast belief in our nation’s justice system. He will no doubt make an excellent federal district judge," Bennet said. "I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to confirm his nomination in a thorough, yet speedy manner."

"Raymond Moore is extraordinarily well qualified and will make an excellent addition to the federal judiciary. He is a consummate professional and well respected throughout the community," Udall said. "I will be urging the Judiciary Committee to give Mr. Moore a prompt, fair confirmation hearing, so he can get to work as soon as possible. I am certain that his experience will thoroughly impress the committee and that the bipartisan support he is sure to receive will make for a swift confirmation process and avoid harmful judicial backlogs in Colorado."

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.