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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are announcing that President Biden has nominated Jacqueline Romero as U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Jerry Karam as U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Since 2011, Senators Casey and Toomey have worked together to recommend U.S. Attorney candidates to the White House with the intelligence, legal experience, independence and unquestioned honesty and integrity necessary to serve the Commonwealth. 

“Today President Biden nominated two highly qualified people to serve the Commonwealth as United States Attorneys—Jacqueline Romero to serve in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Jerry Karam to serve in the Middle District of Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “U.S. Attorneys serve a vital role in keeping our communities safe, upholding the rule of law and protecting the independence and integrity of the Department of Justice. For over two decades, Ms. Romero has dedicated her career to public service, including the past 16 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia. She brings a breadth of experience and an historic perspective to this role as the first woman nominated to lead that office. Mr. Karam has spent his career fighting for equal justice for all Pennsylvanians. He’s practiced in the Middle District since 1987, including a decade as the Chief Public Defender of Lackawanna County. As evidenced by their extensive legal careers, Ms. Romero and Mr. Karam will bring important leadership and independence to these critical roles, as well as a strong commitment to the safety of our communities and equal justice for all. I urge the Senate to confirm them quickly.” 

“President Biden has selected two strong candidates to serve as U.S. Attorneys in the Commonwealth. Jerry Karam’s experience and commitment to the law have long served the Commonwealth, and his nomination to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is well deserved. Having served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney already in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Jacqueline Romero is well suited to lead the office. Her academic and legal background will similarly benefit the Commonwealth as she works to uphold our laws. I am confident both Karam and Romero will continue to be assets in defending the rule of law in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Toomey. 

Jacqueline C. Romero is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she has served since 2006. Ms. Romero is the Civil Rights Coordinator for the District, and she also serves as a member of the Philadelphia/Newark Regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Since 2012, she has been a member of the Federal Reentry Court program and received the 2018 Clifford Scott Green Bill of Rights Award for her dedication to this program. Ms. Romero worked with the United States Department of Justice as Trial Attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch from 1998 to 2000. She also served as Senior Counsel to the United States Mint from 2000 to 2006 and as Litigation Associate with the law firm of Lowenstein Sandler LLP from 1998 to 2000. She is a past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and was an Adjunct Professor of Civil Procedure in the Trial Advocacy Program at Temple University Beasley School of Law from 2017 to 2021. Ms. Romero received her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 1996 and her B.A. from the College of New Jersey in 1993.

Gerard M. Karam is a partner in the Scranton, Pennsylvania law firm of Mazzoni Karam Petorak and Valvano.  His practice has focused on complex civil and criminal litigation including representing businesses and individuals facing governmental inquiries, civil rights claims and federal housing matters. Mr. Karam served as Chief Public Defender of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania from 1993 to 2003.  He was an Assistant Public Defender in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Karam, a former President of the Lackawanna Bar Association, received his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1987 and his B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University in 1984.