Saporito nominated to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pa.

May 8 – WILKES-BARRE – U.S. Senators Bob Casey And Johannes Fetterman announced Wednesday that President Joe Biden has appointed Judge Joseph F. Saporito Jr. has been appointed to serve on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

“Judge Saporito has served the people of Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania for nearly four decades – from his time as an assistant district attorney to his work as a magistrate judge,” said Sen. Casey, D-Scranton. “His diversity of professional experience, deep commitment to service and unquestioned integrity will serve him and the people of the Middle District well in this new role. I look forward to voting to confirm him soon.”

Sen. Fetterman, D-Braddock, said Judge Saporito’s appointment as District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is a testament to his remarkable qualifications.

“With more than forty years of dedicated service in the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office, his dedication to public service is evident,” Fetterman said. “His extensive experience makes him well prepared as a subdistrict judge. It is my privilege to support his nomination, and I look forward to voting to confirm him.”

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators have a long tradition of working together to recommend and confirm nominees to the federal bench. Senator Casey previously worked with then-Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), with whom he confirmed 37 district judges for Pennsylvania on a bipartisan basis between 2007 and 2022.

Casey and Fetterman have continued this practice and recently worked together to recommend and confirm Judge Julia Munley and Judge Karoline Mehalchick of the Middle District.

Judge Saporito Jr. has been a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania since 2015 and has served as the Court’s chief U.S. Magistrate Judge since February 2024.

Prior to his appointment as a judge, Judge Saporito served as a part-time Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Public Defender for Luzerne County from 1985 to 2015, while simultaneously maintaining a private legal practice at Saporito & Saporito and then at Saporito. Saporito. & Falcone.

Judge Saporito received his JD from Dickinson School of Law in 1985 and his BA from Villanova University in 1982.

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