House Votes to Name Pittsburgh Federal Courthouse After Judge Joseph F. Weis

Dec 8, 2014 Issues: Local Issues
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) announced that this afternoon the House of Representatives passed legislation he introduced to name the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh after Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr., who passed away in March.
 
“Throughout his 91 years of life, Joseph F. Weis Jr served our country with humility, integrity, and an unfailing sense of duty,” Congressman Doyle said this afternoon on the House Floor prior to the vote. 
 
“He enlisted in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor,” Congressman Doyle noted in recognizing Weis’s exemplary military service. “He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster after sustaining multiple injuries in combat over the course of his service.” 
 
“After becoming a respected trial lawyer, he was elected to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in 1968,” Congressman Doyle observed. “As a judge, he quickly developed a reputation for patience and hard work. He always strove to improve our judicial system, advocating for innovative courtroom technologies and enforcement of judicial ethics. Two years later, Judge Weis was appointed to the federal bench, and in 1973, he was appointed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, one step below the Supreme Court. He served on the Court for the next 40 years, retiring just last year when he was 90. He was recognized for his outstanding service on the bench with the Devitt Award, the highest honor given to federal judges.” 
 
“Joseph F. Weis, Jr.’s life is a model all public servants should aspire to emulate,” Representative Doyle concluded. “Naming this federal court house in his honor is a fitting way to recognize his long, faithful and extremely capable service to our country, to inspire trust in the federal justice system - which he served for so long with great integrity - and provide future generations with an outstanding example of a great public servant.”
 
This legislation, H.R. 5146, was approved by the House by voice vote. It must now be considered by the Senate.
 
 
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