U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley was nominated Thursday by President Barack Obama to serve as a federal judge in the U.S. Western District of Louisiana, which includes Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria and Shreveport.
Finley, a career federal prosecutor, has been U.S. attorney for the Western District since 2010.
She was the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney in the state.
The White House on Thursday also announced the nomination of Claude Kelly III to an open federal judgeship in the New Orleans-based U.S. Eastern District. Kelly has served as the chief federal public defender for the Eastern District since last year.
“Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity,” Obama said in a written statement. “Their records of public service are distinguished and impressive, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench. I am honored to nominate them today.”
Finley served as an assistant U.S. attorney for 15 years, from 1995 to 2010 and as an assistant staff judge advocate in the Air Force from 1991 to 1995.
She received her law degree from Southern University in 1991 and her undergraduate degree from Grambling State University in 1988. Her nomination comes after the retirement last month of U.S. District Judge Richard Haik, whose position was up to be filled after he took senior status last year.