Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has tapped Judge William Traxler Jr., chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as the new chair of the executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
According to a release today from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Traxler will succeed Judge David Sentelle, who stepped down earlier this week as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and took senior status.
"Judge Traxler assumes this important administrative role at a time when the federal judiciary faces significant financial challenges," Roberts said. "I know the Executive Committee and the Judicial Conference will benefit from Bill Traxler’s skilled leadership, commitment to cost containment and prudent management."
Traxler was appointed to the Fourth Circuit in 1998 and has served as chief judge since 2009. He was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina in 1992.
"I thank the Chief Justice for his confidence and support and look forward to this important assignment," Traxler said in a statement.