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Priscilla Owen

Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Confirmed May 25, 2005

Priscilla Owen
Photo: White House

On May 1, 2003, the Senate failed to end debate, as the 52-44 vote fell eight short of the 60 that would be needed to cut off an ongoing filibuster against Priscilla Owen's re-nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. On February 14, 2005, President Bush formally renominated Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  As part of the Senate compromise, Senate Democrats allowed a final vote on the merits of the re-nomination of Pricilla Owen. The Senate voted 55 to 43 to confirm Owen.

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Owen Confirmation Deals a Blow to Environmental Protections (05/25/05)
Laws protecting clean air, clean water threatened

President Bush Sends Americans a Valentine's Day Message of Confrontation and Divisiveness (02/14/05)
Former mining lobbyist re-nominated to lifetime post

Bush Announces Plans to Renominate Blocked Judicial Candidates (12/23/04)
President chooses path of confrontation and gridlock

Environmental Groups Oppose Nominations of Three Extreme Judicial Nominees Scheduled for Senate Votes (11/13/03)
Environmental Opposition to Three Appeals Court Nominees: Janice Rogers Brown, Carolyn Kuhl, Priscilla Owen

Senate Will Continue Debate on Anti-Environmental Judicial Nominee Owen (05/01/03)
Forty-four Senators oppose effort to push through controversial nominee

Senate Committee to Vote on Two More Controversial Judicial Nominees (03/26/03)
Victor Wolski, Priscilla Owen Slated for Vote Tomorrow (Thursday, March 27)

President Bush's Court-Packing Plan Continues with Two More Controversial Nominees Before Senate (03/12/03)
Victor Wolski, Justice Priscilla Owen scheduled for hearings

Senate Committee Rejects Judicial Nominee Priscilla Owen (09/05/02)
Statement of Glenn Sugameli, Senior Legislative Counsel for Earthjustice

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Packing the Courts: President Bush’s Nominees to Lifetime Federal Judgeships Threaten the Environment

Anti-Environmental Record of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen: Renominated to a Lifetime Seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen has been re-nominated to a lifetime seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit despite the very serious environmental and other concerns with her record.