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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 27, 1999

     The President today nominated Petrese B. Tucker to the U.S.

District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Brian Theadore Stewart to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Judge Petrese B. Tucker, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1987. Prior to her appointment and then election to the Court of Common Pleas, she served as a Senior Trial Attorney for the Southeastern Transportation Authority from 1986 to 1987 and as an Assistant District Attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office from 1978 to 1986. In addition, Judge Tucker was a sole practitioner from 1977 to 1978. She also served as an Adjunct Professor with the Great Lakes College Association from 1984 to 1985. Judge Tucker received her B.A. in 1973 from Temple University and her J.D. in 1976 from Temple University School of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Lawrence Prattis of the Common Pleas Court from 1976 to 1978.

Brian Theadore Stewart, of Farmington, Utah, has served as Chief of Staff to Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt since 1998. Prior to working in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Stewart was the Executive Director of the Utah Departments of Commerce and Natural Resources from 1992 to 1998. From 1985 to 1992, he served on the Utah Public Service Commission, chairing the Commission from 1986 to 1992. In addition, Mr. Stewart was the Administrative Assistant to Congressman James V. Hansen from 1981 to 1985, and was an assistant to Senator Orrin G. Hatch in 1980. From 1974 to 1980, he was a legal clerk and attorney at Senior and Senior. In addition, Mr. Stewart served as a Visiting Professor at Weber State University in 1997. He was also a Visiting Professor at Utah State University from 1994 to 1998 and during the Spring semester in 1991. Finally, he was enlisted in the United States Army Reserve from 1970 to 1982, when he was honorably discharged holding the rank of Captain. Mr. Stewart received a B.S. degree in 1972 from Utah State University and a J.D. degree in 1975 from the University of Utah School of Law.