Rep. Susan Davis Teams with Rep. Scott Peters to Pass Courthouse Naming Bill

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Washington, DC, December 9, 2014 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis and Rep. Scott Peters moved to put the finishing touches on the new federal courthouse downtown when the House passed Peters’ bill (H.R. 1378) to name the building after Judges James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep. The complex of 221 West Broadway, 333 West Broadway, 880 Front Street, 325 West F Street, 808 Union Street, and the adjoining plaza would also be named as the “John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center.”

“This is a fitting tribute to three people who had an enormous impact on the judicial community in San Diego,” said Rep. Davis. “We surveyed San Diego’s legal community to ensure it had a role to determine the most appropriate names for the new courthouse.”

As two trailblazing jurists, Judge Carter was instrumental in establishing the Southern District of California becoming its first Chief Judge, and Judge Keep was the first female Chief Judge of the Southern District.  Widely respected throughout the San Diego legal community, Judge Rhoades served as a U.S. District Court Judge for 22 years.

Davis carried the bill to name the courthouse in the 112th Congress when the downtown courthouse resided in her congressional district. In 2012 the House approved the bill but the Senate failed to act on it. Davis passed the bill on to Peters when downtown was redrawn into the 52nd Congressional District.  Davis is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1378.

With passage in the House, H.R. 1378 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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