Carper, Coons Introduce Delawarean at Confirmation Hearing to Serve on Federal Circuit Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) today introduced Delaware’s District Judge Leonard Stark at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Eleven years ago, Senator Carper introduced Judge Stark before the same Committee, when he was first nominated to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware. Senator Coons is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy and Technology.

“Judge Stark is known as a consensus builder who works to find principled compromises,” said Senator Carper. “In the years since his last confirmation by this Committee, Judge Stark has served Delaware and the nation with integrity and distinction. He has the heart of a servant and the temperament to be an outstanding judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.”

“I am confident that Judge Stark will bring the same sort of open-mindedness, keen legal mind, outstanding character, and sterling work ethic to the circuit court that he has brought to his practice and to the district of Delaware bench,” said Senator Coons. “I strongly support him and urge all my colleagues to take up and swiftly confirm this outstanding nominee.”

Before earning his law degree at Yale Law School, Judge Stark attended the University of Delaware for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. From 2010-2014, he served as a District Judge for the U.S. District Court for Delaware. He then served as Chief Judge on Delaware’s District Court from 2014 until June of 2021.

You can view the full remarks by Senator Carper and Senator Coons here.