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Building To Be Named For Broadwater

By Staff | Apr 20, 2011

The late District Court Judge W. Craig Broadwater

The federal building in Martinsburg, W.Va., soon will be named for the late District Court Judge W. Craig Broadwater, also a former Ohio County circuit judge.

The House of Representatives this week voted 408-3 to name the building for Broadwater. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and passed the Senate in February.

Broadwater died of cancer in December 2006 at age 56. He served on the federal bench for 10 years after being appointed a U.S. district judge by then-President Clinton in 1996. Prior to the federal appointment, Broadwater was a judge in the state’s 1st Circuit, covering Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties. He also was a brigadier general in the National Guard and was an Army veteran.

Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito–who represents West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District encompassing the Eastern Panhandle–pushed the bill through the House.

“Judge Broadwater humbly served his state and country as a dedicated member of the West Virginia National Guard and as a member of the federal judiciary,” she said. “He was known by his colleagues and friends as a fair-minded jurist who had a passion for ensuring equal justice for all. I am pleased that this bill has passed the House and the Senate and will now make its way to the president’s desk. I look forward to the ceremonial dedication of the courthouse in Martinsburg.”

Rockefeller termed Broadwater “an honorable and selfless judge, soldier, public servant – and above all, a great friend.”

“The naming of the courthouse will be a fitting tribute to his admirable life and wonderful service, and I have been glad to work with Congresswoman Capito to get this bill to the president’s desk,” he said.

Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., representing the 1st Congressional District and Northern Panhandle in Washington, also supported the bill.

“Judge W. Craig Broadwater was a committed jurist who dedicated his to life to the pursuit of justice,” McKinley said. “He was also a dear personal friend who served the Northern Panhandle well, and I respected and admired him.

“For years, Judge Broadwater loved West Virginia, and his selfless contributions to our state should be honored,” McKinley added. “Today’s vote is a moving tribute to recognize and memorialize a great man.”