President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Wyoming Attorney General Gregory Phillips for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Phillips, a native of Evanston and a University of Wyoming graduate, has served as Wyoming’s attorney general under Gov. Matt Mead since March 2011.
In prepared remarks concerning Phillips and another appeals court nominee, Obama said the two "have proven themselves to be not only first-rate legal minds but faithful public servants. It is with full confidence in their ability, integrity and independence that I nominate them to the bench of the United States Court of Appeals.”
Phillips joined his father and brother in their general law practice in Evanston in 1989. From 1993 to 1999, he represented Uinta County in the Wyoming Senate. In 1998, he opened the law firm Mead & Phillips.
In 2003, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office and handled criminal prosecutions before Mead selected him to be attorney general.