BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Judge Timothy Hillman to serve as a U.S. District Court judge in Worcester.

Hillman has served as a federal Magistrate Judge for the District of Massachusetts since 2006.

Before that, he served on the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1998 to 2006 and on the Massachusetts District Court from 1991 to 1998.

Hillman earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

U.S. Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown applauded the decision. The two lawmakers had recommended Hillman for the post.

Kerry called Hillman thoughtful and meticulous while Brown said he’s the best choice for the post of federal judge in Worcester.

All federal judicial nominees must be approved by the U.S. Senate.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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