Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today made the following statement on the floor of the United States Senate just minutes before the vote that confirmed Judge Timothy S. Hillman to fill the U.S. District Court vacancy in Worcester.
"The President could not have nominated a more qualified person than Judge Hillman. I say that not only for myself but for a broad segment of the judicial community in Massachusetts," said Sen. Kerry. "He comes not only with my support and Senator Brown's but with the endorsement of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Worcester Bar Association and the Hampden Bar Association -- and with the important backing of a non-partisan judicial search committee in Massachusetts made up of many of our state's top lawyers, former prosecutors and state and local bar association representatives."
In February, Senator Kerry introduced Hillman before a Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing and urged a swift confirmation.
Last year, Kerry appointed well-respected Massachusetts attorney Joan Lukey to chair a federal judicial selection committee to help recommend qualified candidates to fill federal court judgeship vacancies. In a letter to the President, Kerry and Brown then recommended Judge Hillman to serve in Worcester's District Court. This past November, President Obama nominated Judge Timothy S. Hillman to serve as a District Court Judge in Worcester.
Judge Hillman has been a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Massachusetts since 2006. Previously, Judge Hillman served as a Justice on the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1998 to 2006 and a Justice on the Massachusetts District Court from 1991 to 1998. Prior to his service on the Massachusetts courts, Judge Hillman was in private practice for over a decade and served as City Solicitor to the cities of Fitchburg and Gardner and Town Counsel to Athol, Lunenburg, and Petersham. He received his J.D. in 1973 from Suffolk University Law School and his B.A. in 1970 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.