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Robert J. Colville

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Robert J. Colville
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
December 31, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byArthur J. Schwab
Personal details
Robert John Colville

1965 (age 55–56)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocrat[1]
RelationsRobert Colville (father)
EducationPennsylvania State University
University Park
Duquesne University (J.D.)

Robert John Colville (born 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


Colville grew up on the North Side of Pittsburgh and was the middle of three children of Robert E. and Judy Joyce Colville. Colville received a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 1992. He began his legal career by serving as a law clerk from 1992 to 1994 to the Honorable Ralph J. Cappy, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He worked as an associate at the law firm of Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1999. From 2000 to 2019, Colville served as a judge on the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County, where he presided over civil matters. From 2012 to 2019, he served as a judge on the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline.[2]

Federal judicial service

Expired nomination to district court under Obama

On July 30, 2015, President Obama nominated Colville to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, to the seat vacated due to the death of Judge Gary L. Lancaster, on April 24, 2013.[3] He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 9, 2015.[4] His nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

Renomination to district court under Trump

On March 1, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Colville to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.[5] On March 5, 2019, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Colville to the seat vacated by Judge Arthur J. Schwab, who took senior status on January 1, 2018.[6] On May 9, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 15–7 vote.[7] A cloture motion on the nomination was presented to the full Senate on December 16, 2019, but it was withdrawn on December 18.[8] On December 19, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 66–27.[9] He received his judicial commission on December 31, 2019.


  1. ^ Voruganti, Harsh (2019-05-13). "Judge Robert Colville – Nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania". The Vetting Room. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates Seven to Serve on the United States District Courts" White House, July 30, 2015
  3. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate" White House, July 30, 2015
  4. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for December 9, 2015
  5. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees, a United States Attorney Nominee, and United States Marshal Nominees" White House, March 1, 2019 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "Ten Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate", White House, March 5, 2019
  7. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – May 9, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee
  8. ^ PN450 — Robert J. Colville — The Judiciary
  9. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 116th Congress - 1st Session". Retrieved 2019-12-19.

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Preceded by
Arthur J. Schwab
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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