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Hampden DA, Mark Mastroianni has federal judgeship confirmed by Senate 92-2

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Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni. Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni.

Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni was confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate Wednesday morning by a vote of 92-2.

The U.S. Senate voted without debate.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with his nomination. Tuesday's vote was 56 to 39 to limit debate on the matter, setting up a full confirmation vote for Wednesday.

The Westfield resident was nominated by President Barack Obama in September to be a U.S. district judge for Massachusetts. All candidates must be nominated by the president and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

An 18-member Senate Judiciary Committee comprised of Republicans and Democrats reviewed the qualifications of nominees and recommended Mastroianni in February.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick will choose a replacement for Mastroianni, who has served as Hampden's district attorney since 2011.

Longmeadow resident Hal Etkin, director of the regional police academy and a former assistant district attorney, has launched a campaign for the Hampden County D.A. position.

The three U.S. district judge positions have a lifetime appointment.

Western Mass. U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor, who Mastroianni will replace, became semi-retired nearly two years ago.

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