SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni officially traded in his old title for a new one. He was sworn in Friday as the newest federal judge at the U.S. District Court in Springfield.
Mastroianni served as Hampden County District Attorney since 2010. Family members, friends, colleagues and local and state officials attended his swearing-in ceremony at the Springfield History Museum.
Senator Elizabeth Warren who recommended Mastroianni and Senator Ed Markey attended the ceremony. Sen. Markey told 22News a 92-2 Senate confirmation shows that Mastroianni is the right person for the job. “I think that his qualifications were unquestionable. Hard pressed to understand why even two senators voted against him.”
According to Mastroianni, “This is a tremendous and profound honor. I’m so humbled to be in this position and to follow the tradition of all the other judges both on the state and the federal bench.”
Mastroianni replaces retiring judge Michael Ponsor who served on the bench for 20 years. Mastroianni honored Ponsor by reading a small portion of Ponsor’s acceptance speech from 1994, when he said, “All I do today is to promise to do my best.”
“His comments in 1994 are still as applicable today, as they were back then. So it was important for me to include him and all his done for this area,” said Mastroianni.
Gov. Deval Patrick has appointed James Orenstein to serve as Interim Hampden County District Attorney. Voters will elect a new DA on November 4th.