McKinley Honors Judge Fred Stamp at Ceremony Dedicating Wheeling Federal Building and Courthouse

Courthouse Named After Respected Jurist and Pillar of the Community Thanks to McKinley Bill Signed Into Law Last Year

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01) honored Judge Fred Stamp at a ceremony dedicating the federal building and courthouse in Wheeling in his name. McKinley spearheaded the effort to rename the building for the longtime federal judge and community leader, introducing and passing legislation that was signed into law last December.

“Judge Stamp is renowned for his humility and commitment to service above self,” said McKinley. “His lifetime of public service is evidence of that. For decades he has been a steadfast and respected pillar of West Virginia and leader in this community.”

“By his nature he is humble to the extreme, and it is a testament to Judge Stamp’s character that he would never have personally sought this recognition,” McKinley added. “But he has earned it, and his peers wanted this recognition for him.”

“Having known Judge Stamp and his family nearly sixty years, it was an honor to lead this effort, introduce the bill to rename the courthouse, and work to pass it,” said McKinley. “It took ten years, but persistence paid off. I am so happy to be part of this celebration with my friend Judge Stamp, his family, and his friends.”

McKinley’s bill to rename the courthouse (H.R. 4660) passed the House last November and was signed into law on December 21, 2021.

Judge Fred Stamp was nominated and confirmed for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in 1990 and has served for 32 years. He served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2001.

Background:

McKinley has worked for this recognition the entire time he has served in Congress, and had to overcome several roadblocks.  

Below is a timeline with the history of this effort:

·     November 2011: McKinley introduced a bill to name the Wheeling federal building and courthouse for Judge Stamp (H.R. 3451).

oThe bill was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

oThe Chairman at the time was Rep. John Mica (R-FL), who refused to move the bill because Judge Stamp was still hearing cases.

·     February 2013: McKinley reintroduced the Stamp bill (H.R. 617).

oWhile there was a new Chairman of the Committee (Rep. Bill Schuster (R-PA)) – he and his staff had the same reluctance to set a precedent.

·     January 2021: In early 2021 McKinley decided to make another push, but waited to reintroduce the bill until he saw a path forward.

·     February 2021: Initial conversations with committee staff were not positive. They again pointed to the precedent and expressed a reluctance, even though Judge Stamp was on inactive senior status and hadn’t been hearing cases for several years.

·     June 2021: We worked with Judge John Bailey to provide more information on Judge Stamp’s status to committee staff.

oMcKinley spoke to both Chairman Pete DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) to emphasize this bill as a priority for him.

·     July 2021: McKinley introduced the bill (H.R. 4660) after committee leadership indicated they would move the bill.

·     November 1, 2021: H.R. 4660 was reported out of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

·     November 4, 2021: The House passed H.R. 4660 on suspension with a vote of 416-4 (Roll Call #366).

·     December 1, 2021: Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reported H.R. 4660.

·     December 9, 2021: H.R. 4660 passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent.

December 21, 2021: H.R. 4660 was signed into law by President Biden. (Public Law No. 117-75)

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