Washburn Law graduate and Wichita attorney John Broomes has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, the White House announced Thursday.
Broomes is an attorney at Hinkle Law Firm, LLC, which has offices in Wichita and Overland Park, and specializes in oil and gas law, according to the firm’s website.
Before his law career, Broomes attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with high honors in 1991. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force and received several awards. He graduated first in his class from Washburn University School of Law in 2002 and obtained a certificate in natural resource law.
Broomes’ nomination was announced Thursday with 15 other federal judge appointments, but he faces confirmation by the U.S. Senate. That could take a few weeks or months, said Taylor Foy, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider Broomes’ nomination.
In a news release, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, urged fellow senators to confirm Broomes.
“Mr. Broomes has an impressive record that makes him uniquely qualified to fill this judgeship,” Moran said. “He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the law throughout his career in Wichita serving under a federal district court judge and in private practice.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Broomes would serve at the U.S. District Courthouse in Wichita, Topeka or Kansas City. Broomes didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.