Rockefeller, Capito introduced legislation to name courthouse for late district Judge W. Craig Broadwater

Daughter: We couldn't imagine a better way to honor his memory

February 08, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito introduced legislation Tuesday to name the federal courthouse building in Martinsburg in honor of the late district Judge W. Craig Broadwater.

Broadwater, who died in 2006 at age 56, had served as a federal judge for 10 years and a state circuit court judge for 13 years. He served in the U.S. Army and the West Virginia Army National Guard and was promoted to brigadier general in 2002.

"Judge Broadwater was a respected judge, a National Guardsman who helped rebuild the government in Iraq and an admirable public servant. Most importantly, he was a great friend," Rockefeller, D-W.Va, said in a news release.

"We all felt the loss of Judge Broadwater, a man who fought for justice for all West Virginians — and since his loss I have been working with his family for a fitting tribute to his admirable life and incredible service. I appreciate that Congresswoman Capito has agreed to join me in introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives, and know that we'll both work to get this bill signed into law."

In the joint release with Rockefeller, Capito said Broadwater was a humble public servant.

"He was known by his colleagues and friends as a fair-minded jurist who had a passion for ensuring equal justice for all," Capito said.

In a statement, Broadwater's daughter, Chandra, said the family was "humbled and honored — Craig would have felt the same."

"He cherished his service to the state of West Virginia, its people and the country," Chandra Broadwater said. "We couldn't imagine a better way to honor his memory."

Wally Edgell, retired clerk of the court for the Northern District, said renaming the courthouse building in Broadwater's honor was very appropriate.

As judge, Broadwater led efforts to renovate the first two floors of the building and had a hand in making decisions on everything from furnishings, tile and carpet, to the selection of the John F. Kennedy quote in the crown molding of the courtroom where Broadwater presided and obtaining the funding for the work, according to Edgell.

"He and I worked hand-in-hand on that," Edgell said of the building renovation project.  

"He was just wonderful to work with .... He was down to earth, everybody in that building loved and respected him," Edgell said.

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