RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The White House has nominated two North Carolina judges to fill seats on the nation's most conservative federal appeals court.
President Barack Obama said in a statement Wednesday that he is nominating Judge Jim Wynn and Judge Albert Diaz to serve on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That court covers North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Judge Allyson Duncan is the only current member of the 15-judge panel from North Carolina. Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan called the nominations a victory for the state.
Diaz currently serves as a Special Superior Court Judge for complex business cases. He would become the court's first Hispanic judge.
Wynn currently sits on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.