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Steve Six

Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Returned to President December 17, 2011

Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six's nomination to the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals received significant bipartisan support including: 29 Republican and Democratic state attorneys general; Robert Stephan, the Republican attorney general of Kansas for 16 years; former Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, whose seat on the 10th Circuit Six was nominated to fill; current and former deans of the University of Kansas School of Law, and Kansas Editorials, commentary, and Letters to the Editor

After his May 24, 2011 confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, GOP Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran from Kansas sent a letter Monday to Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asking that the judiciary committee not take up Six's nomination, which Chairman Leahy honored, as he did for every negative blue slip by one or two home-state Senators for Obama circuit and district court nominees.  

"This type of reversal of position by a home state Senator on a nomination has rarely occurred," Leahy  wrote Roberts. "As I have expressed to Senator (Charles) Grassley, the Committee's ranking member, in my view no new material information emerged during the course of our review of the nomination, his testimony at his confirmation hearing, or in his answers to multiple rounds of written follow up questions, and certainly none that was disqualifying."

10 Things You Need To Know About Blue Slips: Republicans repeatedly used the tradition to block President Obama’s judicial nominees. (Huffington Post, 09/13/17) Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Counsel to President Obama

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