U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today praised the Senate's confirmation of Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
President Obama re-nominated Judge Restrepo this January upon a joint recommendation from Sens. Casey and Toomey.
Luis Felipe Restrepo has served as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since June 2006. Prior to his nomination to the bench, he worked as a partner at Kreasner & Restrepo in Philadelphia, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights legislation.
Judge Restrepo served as an assistant federal defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 1993, and an assistant defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia from 1987 to 1990. He is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.
A native of Colombia, Restrepo became a U.S. citizen in 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 1986. He lives in Swarthmore.
"I'm pleased that the Senate came together in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to confirm Judge Restrepo as a District Judge for the Eastern District. As a Federal Magistrate Judge Felipe Restrepo has shown himself to be a first class jurist with unquestioned integrity and I'm confident he'll bring those same qualities to District Court. His story of coming to the United States, becoming a citizen, working his way through law school and then serving his community as a federal public defender and a judge are an inspiration to the people of Pennsylvania," said Sen. Casey.
"Since joining the Senate, I've worked closely with Sen. Casey on judicial nominations for Pennsylvania to help confirm qualified, experienced individuals who have unquestioned honesty, ability and integrity," said Sen. Toomey. "Luis Felipe Restrepo has served honorably since 2006 as a U.S. District magistrate judge. He has also dedicated himself to giving back to the community through his involvement in the Police/Barrio Project and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. I'm confident he will live up to the very highest standards as a U.S. District Judge for Pennsylvania's Eastern District."