Posted: Dec. 8, 2006

Delaware's congressional delegation today issued the following statements after the Senate's confirmation of U.S. District Judge Kent A. Jordan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by a vote of 91-0:

From Democratic Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.: "I am extremely pleased by the Senate's confirmation of Kent Jordan today. Judge Jordan has sterling academic credentials, and, more importantly, the admiration and respect of his colleagues, all of whom have come to value his intellect, integrity and friendship. Judge Jordan will be an asset to the appellate bench and a model of responsible jurisprudence for years to come. I have full confidence that he will bring to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals all of the assets he has so clearly demonstrated in the District Court."

From Democratic Sen. Thomas R. Carper: "Kent Jordan embodies all the qualities one should look for in a judge -- integrity, a thorough understanding of the law, a keen intellect, a willingness to listen to both sides of a case, and a strong work ethic. I believe he will do an outstanding job and will continue in the tradition of fine Delawarean jurists who have served on the federal bench."

From Republican Rep. Michael N. Castle: "I have known Judge Jordan for many years and have followed his career as one of Delaware's top prosecutors and litigators quite closely. I know his intelligence, demeanor, experience, know-how and thorough understanding of the law will enable him to fill the big shoes of Judge Jane Richards Roth as she moves to senior status. Delaware has only two seats on this court and I am confident that Judge Jordan is a perfect fit for this seat. He will serve the state of Delaware, our region and our nation well, alongside fellow Delawarean and Third Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Ambro.

Jordan has served on the U.S. District Court for Delaware since 2002. He was nominated for both the District Court and the Circuit Court by Republican President George W. Bush. In the new post, Jordan will serve a lifetime appointment at a salary of $175,000 a year.

 Jordan was born in West Point, N.Y., on October 24, 1957. He earned his B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University in 1981 and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. Jordan clerked for U.S. District Judge James L. Latchum and later worked for two law firms -- Potter Anderson & Corroon, where he was an associate, and Morris James Hitchens & Williams, where he was an associate and later a partner.

Jordan also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for Delaware from 1987 to 1992. Since 1998, Judge Jordan has been an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt, the University of Pennsylvania and Widener.