President Barack Obama will nominate Associate Justice Geoffrey Crawford of the Vermont Supreme Court to serve as Vermont's next federal court judge, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Monday.

Crawford was appointed to the state's highest court in October after serving in the state superior court system.

Leahy recommended Crawford in March to succeed U.S. District Judge William Sessions, who will accept senior status. If approved, Crawford will join Judge Christina Reiss on the federal bench from Vermont.

"The President sees in Justice Crawford what I, the members of the merit commission, and all Vermonters have come to know about him," Leahy said in a news release. "He is a fine jurist in the finest Vermont tradition, and he is committed to the highest standards of public service. I look forward soon to bringing Justice Crawford before the Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing."

In November 2002 Crawford was appointed as a Vermont Superior Court judge by Gov. Howard Dean. In October 2013 he was sworn in as an associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court by Gov. Peter Shumlin.