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U.S. Senate confirms Edward Smith as federal judge

He has been a Northampton County Court judge since 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed Judge Edward G. Smith as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Smith was nominated by President Obama in August.

Since 2002,  Smith has served as a judge in the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.

He also worked as a partner at DeRaymond & Smith from 1990 to 2001 and served as a solicitor to the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority and Upper Nazareth Township.

In a news release Wednesday, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) praised the Senate's confirmation of  Smith.

"Judge Edward Smith has an unparalleled record of service as a U.S. Navy JAG officer and a military trial judge," said Casey. "His service on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas is universally respected."

"Judge Edward Smith is a dedicated, intelligent jurist who has served as a judge on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas for the past 12 years," said Toomey.

"Judge Smith's wealth of legal experience -- drawn from decades in public service and 11 years in private practice -- will serve the people of Pennsylvania well. I am pleased he will be sitting in Easton, which has gone without a federal judge since 2004.

"Judge Smith has also served his country with distinction. He has been a member of the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years, earning a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq."

Smith is currently a captain in the United States Navy, serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps since 1984.

He has received numerous military awards, including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two National Defense Service Medals. He has also served as the former president of the Boys and Girls Club of Easton, former chairman of the Northampton County Drug and Alcohol Commission, former chairman of Easton Fire Civil Service Commission, and former director of the YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg and Vicinity.

Smith graduated cum laude from the Dickinson School of Law in 1986. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College in 1983.

 Gerald A. McHugh of Philadelphia also was confirmed for the federal court.

"I'm pleased that the Senate voted to confirm these two highly qualified nominees to the federal bench,"  said Casey.

"Senator Casey and I have worked hard to select qualified jurists to fill vacancies on the bench in Pennsylvania," said Toomey.

"The approval of these two excellent candidates demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of our bipartisan system, which has led to the confirmation of 10 highly qualified men and women to the federal bench in Pennsylvania since I joined the Senate in 2011."

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