MADISON, WIs. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nominated Madison attorney James D. Peterson for a federal judgeship that's been vacant for years in western Wisconsin.
Peterson was nominated Thursday to succeed former Senior U.S. District Judge John Shabaz. Shabaz retired in 2009 and died in 2012.
In August, U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson recommended to the White House Peterson and two other candidates for the judgeship.
Peterson also was among those recommended by a bipartisan Federal Nominating Commission that the Wisconsin senators established in April to move federal nominations forward.
In a statement, Baldwin applauded Obama's nomination of Peterson. She says Peterson will make "an outstanding federal judge."
Peterson is a shareholder at the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn. The U.S. Senate must confirm his nomination.
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