WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the below statement congratulating Tom Kleeh after the Senate voted 65 to 30 to confirm him as District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Senator Capito recommended Kleeh for the position and introduced him at his confirmation hearing in April.
“I recommended Tom to President Trump because of his exceptional qualifications and his outstanding reputation. As I’ve said since he was first nominated, I have no doubt that Tom will be a fair, diligent, and effective judge on the U.S. District Court and will make West Virginians proud as he continues working to uphold the rule of law. I was proud to support his confirmation and look forward to working together as he assumes this important new role.
“I’d also like to thank Judge Keeley who has honorably served the Northern District for more than 25 years now. She has been an incredible example of what public service on the U.S. District Court should look like, and I know Tom will do the same.”
Senator Capito’s full remarks during Kleeh’s confirmation hearing can be viewed here.
A photo of Senator Capito meeting with Kleeh in her office prior to the hearing is available here.
Thomas S. Kleeh of West Virginia will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Kleeh is a member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, where he has practiced as a litigator in the firm’s labor and employment group representing private- and public-sector clients for the last nineteen years. During that time, he has litigated hundreds of employment law and general litigation matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Since 2015, Kleeh has also served as staff counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee of the West Virginia Senate, where he has presented legislation and advised the Senate on a wide range of issues. He earned his B.S.B.A. from West Virginia University, graduating summa cum laude, and his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review.
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