Sen. Tom Harkin offers names to fill 2 federal judgeships

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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:00 am

IOWA CITY (AP) — Two federal judges from Iowa have announced plans to retire next year, and outgoing U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is calling for the White House to appoint their replacements “as quickly as possible,” the Democrat’s office said Monday.

The planned retirements of U.S. District Judges Mark W. Bennett and James Gritzner give Harkin the chance to influence the selection of their replacements before he leaves office in January. The openings also give President Barack Obama a short window of time to get nominees confirmed while the Senate — where Republicans are trying to win the majority on Nov. 4 — remains under Democratic control.

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