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Judiciary panel OK’s ex-Centerville mayor's appointment as federal judge

Ronald Russell
Ronald Russell
Parr, Brown, Gee and Loveless

SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate Judiciary Committee last week unanimously approved the nomination of former Centerville Mayor Ronald Russell to the U.S. District Court for Utah.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced Russell to the committee in April.

“Even in this challenging political environment, senators on both sides of the aisle recognized that Ron’s experience, reputation and character make him a nominee everyone can support,” Hatch said in prepared statement “Ron is well-known and well-respected in the Utah legal community and will continue the tradition of excellence on the U.S. District Court in Utah.”

Russell is a graduate of Weber State and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, where he served as managing editor of the Utah Law Review. He then clerked on the U.S. District Court in Utah for Judge David Winder, after which he joined the law firm of Parr, Brown, Gee and Loveless in Salt Lake City.

He served as mayor of Centerville from 2006 to 2013 and was a member of its City Council from 1998 to 2001.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Russell will fill the seat of Judge Ted Stewart, who took senior status in September 2014.