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Newly sworn-in federal appeals judge Gelpí expresses gratitude

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí

By The Star Staff

Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí stated on Wednesday after he was sworn in for the federal Court of Appeals in Boston that he was thankful to President Joe Biden “for the great honor of appointing me a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.”

“Next, I thank the members of the Senate for considering and voting on my nomination,” Gelpí said in a written statement. “I am very grateful to the eight senators from the four states of the First Circuit who supported me. Although Puerto Rico does not have senators, its present and past elected leaders advocated for my nomination, confirmation and appointment in bipartisan consensus. I am equally honored by the support of former Puerto Rico Governors Sila Calderón, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Luis Fortuño, and Alejandro García Padilla, as well as Senator Carmelo Ríos.”

Gelpí also thanked U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) “for her extraordinary and sincere effort, as well as Congressman Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam) and all the national and local lawyer and civic organizations that supported my nomination.”

The newly appointed federal appellate judge also thanked all of his colleagues “from the District of Puerto Rico and the federal Judicial Power -- some are no longer with us, as is the case of my predecessor Juan R. Torruella, as well as Judges Juan M. Pérez Giménez and Salvador Casellas -- for his mentorship, collegiality, friendship and support through the years.”

“I will always cherish my 20 years on the bench of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico,” Gelpí said. “Couldn’t have asked for better colleagues and support staff.”

Most importantly, Gelpí thanked his family members and friends “for their love and for believing in me throughout the process.”

“Little did they know 15 years ago that they would go through that again!” he said.

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