A very long process officially came to an end Friday afternoon, as former Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni was sworn in as a U.S. District Court judge.
After an hour-long ceremony inside the Museum of Springfield History, Mastroianni officially became Judge Mastroianni in front of hundreds of local, state and law enforcement officials.
"This is overwhelming and the emotion is tremendous and hard to deal with," said Mastroianni. "I'm so humbled by this whole experience."
The nomination process is not a short or easy one.
After first being nominated by President Barack Obama nearly a year ago, Mastroianni was finally confirmed by the U.S. Senate this past June.
The Westfield resident said he had plenty to keep his mind off of the potential judgeship.
"For me, during this process, I had the good fortune to be serving as district attorney for the Hampden district," Mastroianni stated. "It's a job that I loved and was very committed to. Being in that job certainly kept me busy."
"We have a terrific guy that we have just sworn in, a true son of Western Massachusetts," said U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Warren played a key role in the process.
In all, 92 senators gave their approval of Mastroianni appointment.
The commonwealth's senior senator said the right guy got the job.
"He has stood with those who have been accused of terrible crimes when no one would stand with them, but he's also been a prosecutor who's been there with victims," said Warren.
Being a federal judge is a lifetime appointment, which is something that Mastroianni has yet to wrap his head around.
"A lot of this doesn't sink in," said Mastroianni. "You'd have to catch me a few years down the road to see what I really think about that. These are concepts that are just really hard to grasp."
Mastroianni also told CBS 3 that he was very touched by the amount of people who showed up for his ceremony.
He said he can only hope to live up to their expectations.
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