Mastroianni was nominated by President Obama to the U.S District Court in Springfield last September.
The Judiciary Committee’s approval this week is a big step in that, but Mastroianni still needs approval from the full Senate.
Mastroianni’s nomination now goes to the full Senate.
Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni will have to wait a little longer before finding out if his nomination to the Federal Court in Springfield goes through.
Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni faced questions Tuesday in Washington about his views on marijuana and gun safety laws. Mastroianni appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering his nomination to the federal bench.
If confirmed by the Senate, Mastroianni would help ease the workload at the federal court in Springfield, much of which now falls on longtime District Judge Michael Ponsor.
The only U.S. District Court judge based in Springfield is pleased with the pick to replace him, but frustrated by how long it took.
President Barack Obama has nominated Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to fill a U.S. District Court vacancy.
Supporters of Charles Wilhite, a Springfield man convicted of first-degree murder, are holding a sunrise vigil Wednesday morning to mark the thirty-day deadline for the Hampden County District Atto