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Obama Nominates Wyoming’s First Lady for Judgeship

Posted Dec 7, 2009 12:48 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Wyoming’s first lady, Nancy Freudenthal, has been nominated to be a federal judge.

Freudenthal’s husband, Gov. Dave Freudenthal, had recommended his wife for consideration along with a state judge and another lawyer, the Star-Tribune reports. Responding to criticism about the recommendation in May, the governor said his wife shouldn't be "penalized for having married me."

Wyoming’s senators said they would support the nomination by President Obama. A majority of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary found Freudenthal to be well-qualified, and a minority found her qualified, according to the committee’s website (PDF). She is a litigation partner at Davis and Cannon in Cheyenne. She would be the first woman federal judge in Wyoming.

"I feel like the president in general is looking for well-qualified candidates," Freudenthal told the News-Tribune. "I'm a woman, but I don't see that as my qualification."

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