Obama nominates state attorney general for spot on federal appeals court

Feb 1, 2013 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- President Barack Obama has nominated Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips for a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Phillips has been Wyoming's attorney general since March 2011.

Before that he served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne and also worked as a lawyer for the state and in private practice in Cheyenne.

Phillips grew up in Evanston and served as a Democratic state senator from Uinta County from 1993 to 1998. He's a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law and worked for two years after graduation for U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne.

The Denver-based 10th Circuit covers Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Yellowstone National Park.

The nomination is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation.

Recently, Phillips argued for the State of Wyoming in the lawsuit filed against the state by Secretary of State Max Maxfield against term limits for the state's top five elected officials, which Maxfield won.

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