07.20.07

Dole, Burr Praise Senate Judiciary Committee’s Approval of North Carolina Judicial Nominees

Urge confirmation vote in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving the nominations of Martin Reidinger to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and William Osteen, Jr. to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. Both men were first nominated by President Bush on September 29, 2006.

"I welcome the committee's approval of these nominations," said Dole. "Bill Osteen and Martin Reidinger will make fine additions to the federal bench in North Carolina. I look forward to working with Richard Burr to push for Senate confirmation of these distinguished nominees."

"I applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving these important nominations," Burr said. "Martin Reidinger and Bill Osteen have extensive legal experience and an excellent understanding of the law. I urge my Senate colleagues to quickly confirm these nominees so they may begin to work for the people of North Carolina."

Martin Reidinger earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree and Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Reidinger has lived in western North Carolina for more than 20 years, where he operates a well-respected civil law practice.

William Osteen, Jr., earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has practiced both civil and criminal law in Greensboro for nearly twenty years.