WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Timothy L. Brooks to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court in western Arkansas.

Brooks is a partner at Taylor Law Partners in Fayetteville where he has worked since 1989 after graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

The president also nominated a law professor in Connecticut to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court in that state.

"I am honored to put forward these highly qualified candidates for the federal bench," President Obama said in a statement. "They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court."

Brooks became a partner in the Fayetteville law firm in 1993. His practice has focused on representing individuals and corporations in state and federal courts with an emphasis on commercial and medical malpractice cases, according to the White House release.

Brooks is a 1982 graduate of Fayetteville High School and received his undergraduate degree from the Sam Walton College of Business.

His nomination was sent to the Senate Friday for confirmation.

"With his experience, intellect, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness, I have no doubt that Timothy Brooks will be a good fit as judge for the Western District of Arkansas," said Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. "I look forward to sharing his qualifications with my colleagues, and moving his nomination through the confirmation process."