Victor Bolden, New Haven’s corporation counsel, is winning praise from Connecticut lawmakers after being nominated for a federal judge’s post by President Barack Obama.

Before becoming New Haven’s top lawyer in 2009, Bolden had worked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., as a commercial litigator at Wiggin and Dana and at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.

One of the stronger endorsements came from New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, who recently reappointed Bolden to the post. Bolden was initially nominated by former Mayor John DeStefano.

Harp, who was elected last November, called the Harvard Law School graduate “a top-notch attorney, a dedicated public servant” and someone who has been among “City Hall’s greatest assets for many years.”

She said she has admired his ability to handle complex legal matters. “I have every expectation attorney Bolden will continue to distinguish himself in the next phase of his career—as a federal judge—and we wish him every success throughout the confirmation process,” Harp said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Bolden will be the second appointment to the Connecticut federal bench this year. Jeffrey Meyer, a Quinnipiac law professor and former assistant U.S. attorney, was confirmed in February. Bolden would take the place of Judge Janet Bond Arterton, who is taking senior status as of July 1. There would be no other openings on the Connecticut bench.

Connecticut’s U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, issued a joint statement congratulating Bolden.

“Victor Bolden has the intellect, integrity and life experience that will make him a judge of courage and compassion. He will also help address a workload and backlog that requires more judges as soon as possible. Our hope is that he will be confirmed promptly, without partisan contention, as befits his exemplary qualifications,” the statement said.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut’s Third District, said in a statement that Bolden will “make a fine, impartial judge. He has served the City of New Haven ably for the last five years and has a deep reservoir of both professional experience and civic involvement to draw on in his deliberations.”