John Lungstrum, a Lawrence attorney, was nominated this morning by President George Bush to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for Kansas.
The announcement was made today by the office of U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan.
"Having known John for many years, I'm very pleased the president agrees with me and Senator Dole that he will make an outstanding judge for Kansas," Kassebaum said in a prepared statement.
Lungstrum, 45, would fill a vacancy created on the court in November when U.S. District Judge Dale Saffels took senior status.
KANSAS NOW has six active federal judges and five federal judges on senior status, which means they don't carry a full load, said Dave Bartel, administrative aide for Kassembaum. The senior judge distributes cases to the judges, who work out of Kansas City, Kan., Topeka and Wichita. Lungstrum probably would have an office in Kansas City or Topeka, Bartel said. The salary for the judgeship is $125,100.
Lungstrum, who is a partner in the Stevens, Brand, Lungstrum, Golden & Winter law firm, was out of town at a funeral today and could not be reached for comment.
Bartel said the Senate Judiciary Committee would have a confirmation hearing on Lungstrum's appointment following Congress' August recess. The hearing probably will be in September or October in Washington, D.C., Bartel said.
"GIVEN THE fact that there appears to be no controversy of any kind about John, I would think it would go through very quickly," Bartel said.
A native of Topeka, Lungstrum earned his undergraduate degree from Yale and his law degree from Kansas University.
He has been active in local civic affairs for 18 years, most recently serving as chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board. He also served six years as chairman of Douglas County's Republican Central Committee.
He is a past president of the United Fund of Douglas County, of Independence Inc. and of the Lawrence Rotary Club.
Other community involvement includes service as a Penn House board member, a board member of the Lawrence Society for Chamber Music and as a board member of the Swarthout Society.