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Hillsborough judge nominated by Obama to the federal bench

TAMPA — President Barack Obama has nominated Hillsborough Circuit Judge Charlene Honeywell to the federal bench.

If confirmed, Honeywell would serve as a judge in the Middle District of Florida, which includes the Tampa Bay area.

A former public defender and assistant city attorney, Honeywell has served as a circuit judge since being appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2000.

She was one of two people nominated by the president on Thursday. The other was for a federal judgeship based in South Dakota.

"I am honored today to put forward the names of two distinguished Americans to serve on the federal bench," Obama said in a released statement. "They represent the very best that our country has to offer in the way of excellence and public service. They are hardworking, fair-minded, tenacious and dedicated. We are fortunate that these two extraordinary individuals are willing to assume the awesome responsibilities associated with serving as a trial judge in the federal system."

Colleen Jenkins can be reached at cjenkins@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3337.

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