March 02, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Recommend West Virginia Circuit Judge Gina Marie Groh for Federal Judgeship

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that he is asking the White House to nominate Judge Gina Marie Groh to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, in Martinsburg.  This position became vacant in 2006 with the death of Judge W. Craig Broadwater.

“Judge Groh is a proven leader in West Virginia’s legal community and is dedicated to upholding the principles of justice and fairness, which we expect from all members of our federal judiciary,” said Rockefeller. “Judge Groh has a wide range of judicial and legal experience that spans her twenty-one year legal career. She has been a judge for the past four years, litigated cases at private law firms for nine years, and worked to protect her fellow citizens from crime while serving as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties for more than eight years. Judge Groh is an extremely strong candidate for this position who would carry on Judge Broadwater’s tradition of treating all litigants with respect and deciding cases in a fair manner.  I have deep confidence in her ability to fill this position.

“I was surprised to learn that as far as historians can determine, there has never been a resident of the Eastern Panhandle elevated to a federal judgeship in West Virginia.  I am very happy to be the one to change that for the good of the Panhandle, the state and the nation.

“I also want to thank all of the tremendously qualified candidates who volunteered to serve in this position. I also thank Nick Casey for his willingness to serve and I congratulate him on becoming managing partner at Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins. I know that he will assume his new position with honor and distinction.” 

“I was extremely proud to appoint Judge Groh to the circuit court when I was Governor of West Virginia, and I join Senator Rockefeller in recommending her for the federal bench,” Senator Manchin said. “As a former prosecutor, she’s fair-minded, has impeccable standards and will be an excellent addition to the court.”

Judge Groh is a Charles Town resident and currently serves as the Circuit Court Judge for West Virginia’s 23rd Judicial District.  She was appointed to this position in 2006 and was elected in 2008 by the citizens of the Eastern Panhandle to serve a full term. Before becoming a Circuit Court Judge, she served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties for more than eight years – and she spent nine years as a Litigation Associate at firms in Martinsburg, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

Rockefeller also noted that Judge Groh has been involved in her community, from participating in “Robes to Schools” – a program that helps our school children learn about our judges and judicial process – to volunteering with the Meals With Love Ministry in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Additional Biographical Information

Judge Groh earned her Juris Doctor degree from the West Virginia University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Shepherd University. She is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia.