Bennet, Udall Introduce Raymond Moore at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today introduced U.S. District Court nominee Raymond Moore at his confirmation hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Moore, the current federal public defender for Colorado and Wyoming, was nominated to the U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado to replace Chief Judge Wiley Y. Daniel, who is becoming a senior judge later this month.

“Mr. Moore was selected from an outstanding pool of Colorado candidates, through a bipartisan committee of highly respected leaders and thinkers in Colorado’s legal community,” Bennet said. “Raymond Moore is an exemplary nominee—a true legal scholar with a sharp mind, a deep sense of purpose and a commitment to the rule of law. He will make a first-rate federal district judge, and I urge this Committee and my colleagues to support his confirmation.


“The President nominated Raymond Moore to fill a vacant seat on the Federal District Court of Colorado, which was recently declared a judicial emergency due to a very heavy caseload. Mr. Moore — who was recommended by a bipartisan judicial selection panel — stands ready and able to fill that vacancy,” Udall said. “Based in part on Mr. Moore’s broad experience as a federal public defender for Colorado and Wyoming, I have no doubt that he will serve with distinction. Quite simply, he has the right temperament, commitment to service and belief in our nation’s judicial system, qualities that I know we all look for in a federal judge.”

Moore is the federal public defender for Wyoming and Colorado, a position he has held since 2003. He is 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.