Obama announces nominee for U.S. District Court seat in Sherman

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- President Obama has nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant the 3rd to fill a U.S. District Court seat for the Eastern District of Texas.

Mazzant is a federal magistrate judge in Sherman and would succeed retired Judge T. John Ward.

The Sherman division of the Eastern District has been without a federal judge for over 7 years and the vacancy had been declared a judicial emergency.

The President also made two more nominations for vacant Texas federal court benches Friday and in doing so, broke a long standing logjam with Congress.

The nominations must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and if approved, they become lifetime appointments.

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