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PUC Chief Counsel Hicks Tapped for Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel for Middle District of Pennsylvania

Published on 8/13/2021

Filed under: Consumer Education Electric Gas Motor Carrier Pipeline Rails Telecommunications Transportation and Safety Water and Wastewater

Panel Will Screen Applicants for Federal Judicial Vacancies for Consideration by Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) Chief Counsel – Renardo “Rick” L. Hicks – has been named to a Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The advisory panel was established by Pennsylvania U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to review applications from persons interested in being considered for appointment to the position of Federal District Court Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The U.S. District Court for the MDPA serves 33 counties from offices in Scranton, Harrisburg, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre.

“I am honored to be part of this bipartisan process to identify and support highly-qualified judicial candidates to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania,” noted Chief Counsel Hicks.

The advisory panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the Senators for their consideration. Since 2011, during both Democratic and Republican presidential administrations, Pennsylvania’s two Senators have worked together to submit consensus candidates for Federal District Court seats in Pennsylvania.

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