Tom Kleeh Appointment to Replace Judge Keely Now Headed to Full U.S. Senate

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | May 25, 2018

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the below statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Tom Kleeh’s nomination for District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Senator Capito recommended Kleeh to President Donald J. Trump for the position.


“Tom is incredibly qualified to serve West Virginia as a judge on the U.S. District Court, a fact that has been recognized by individuals from all corners of the legal community. I recommended him to President Trump because I know he will be effective, diligent, and fair; and I am glad that the Judiciary Committee approved his nomination today. I look forward to continuing to support Tom as his nomination moves to the full Senate for a vote.”


Last month, Senator Capito introduced Kleeh at his confirmation hearing. Her full remarks are available here.


A photo of Senator Capito meeting with Kleeh in her office prior to last month’s hearing is available here.




If confirmed, Thomas S. Kleeh of West Virginia will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. 


Kleeh is a member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, where he has practiced as a litigator in the firm’s labor and employment group representing private- and public-sector clients for the last nineteen years. During that time, he has litigated hundreds of employment law and general litigation matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.


Since 2015, Kleeh has also served as staff counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee of the West Virginia Senate, where he has presented legislation and advised the Senate on a wide range of issues. He earned his B.S.B.A. from West Virginia University, graduating summa cum laude, and his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review.

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