Senator Evan Bayh has recommended that President Barack Obama name Marion County Superior Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to be a Federal Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. Senator Evan Bayh made the announcement on Afternoons with Amos. Judge Pratt would be the first African-American Federal Judge in Indiana history.

Pratt, a native of Indianapolis and graduate of Spelman College and the Howard University School of Law first began her judicial career as a Master Commissioner in the early 1990’s. Pratt was first elected to the Marion County Superior Court in 1996 and was re-elected in 2002 and 2008, each time being either the top or near the top vote getters in the countrywide election.

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Judge Pratt handled major felony cases and currently handles civil and probate cases. Judge Pratt has also served as one of the Presiding Judges of the thirty-two member county court system.

Senator Bayh is also recommending Federal Magistrate Jane Magnus Stinson, also a former Marion County Superior Court Judge, be appointed to a Federal Judgeship here.

President Obama is expected to make the formal appointments this week.

The appointments must be approved by the U.S. Senate during hearings later this Spring.

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