Sen. Nelson: Sen. Rubio absenteeism delays proposing federal judges to fill vacancies
(Democrat - Florida)
CNN: "On Tuesday, Florida's senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, declined to say if Rubio's absenteeism was hurting the state, saying that the two have a good relationship. He added with a laugh that "it takes a bit longer" these days when the two men need to agree on proposing federal judges who could fill vacancies in Sunshine State courts."
Sen. Leahy: Republican Obstruction Threatens Confirmation Of Consensus Nominees; Even Those Nominees With Republican Support May Not Be Confirmed This Year
(Democrat - Vermont)
"If Republicans continue their obstruction, most of the 16 nominees on the executive calendar will not be confirmed before the end of the year.
“If the Majority Leader continues with his obstruction, and if home state Senators cannot persuade him to schedule a vote for their nominees soon, then it is unlikely that even highly qualified nominees with Republican support will be confirmed by the end of the year,” Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, adding: “Those home state Republican Senators who have issued press releases and publicly supported their judicial nominees should take the next step to push their leaders to schedule up-or-down votes.”... In addition to Restrepo, a pair of district court nominees from Tennessee has also been pending for months .... Both nominees have the support of the Tennessee’s two Republicans Senators and were overwhelmingly approved by the Judiciary Committee months ago.... The Senate Majority leader should schedule Judge Restrepo’s confirmation vote this week and then the other 14 pending nominees without further delay.”
Sen. Feinstein Applauds Senate Approval of Drozd Nomination
(Democrat - California)
“Five different United States Attorneys who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations over more than 20 years have endorsed his nomination.... I would also add a point from the U.S. Attorneys’ letter about the crushing caseload in this district. Their letter states: “[o]ur district has an extremely heavy case load and has been operating with a vacant judgeship for two and a half years. It is vitally important to the fair administration of justice that the long-vacant judicial vacancy in our Fresno district be promptly filled.” This is a point that bears repeating: the case load in the Eastern District of California is extraordinarily large, and has been for many years. ... it covers 55 percent of California’s land area. The district has only six judgeships for a population of nearly eight million people, and it has almost two times as many people per judgeship as the average U.S. district court. Over the last six years, the court has had nearly three times as many pending cases per judgeship (more than 1400) than the national average (569). These numbers translate into lengthy times for cases to be resolved. Over the last several years, it has taken between 38 and 51 months for civil cases to get to trial – well above the national average of 26 months. Criminal cases now take over 20 months to be resolved currently, almost three times the national average of 7.4 months. The point is this: the Eastern District of California is in serious need of additional judges. I have worked for many years to create those positions, and I believe very strongly that they are needed. Today, I am pleased that the Senate is taking the small step of voting on this nomination."
Sen. John Cornyn responds to editorial
(Republican - Texas)
"Re: “Senators Dragging Feet — Cornyn, Cruz must step up pace on bench vacancies,” Tuesday Editorials.
The editorial addressing federal judicial vacancies in Texas glossed over the bipartisan work being done on this important issue....I have been working with the Obama administration to ensure vacancies are filled as soon as they arise."
Sen. Leahy Floor Statement on Judicial Vacancies and Nominations
(Democrat - Vermont)
"They have allowed only six judges to be confirmed so far this year under the Obama administration, as opposed to 33 whom we had confirmed during the Bush administration.... I hear all the time from individuals and from small businesses about how they go into our Federal courts seeking justice; they want the Federal courts to hear these claims and these courts are saying: We can't. We have so many vacancies in the judiciary, it will be years before we can hear your case....because of the unprecedented nature of Republican obstruction, vacancies have increased by more than 50 percent, from 43 to 68. Additionally, the number of Federal court vacancies deemed to be ``judicial emergencies'' by the non-partisan Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has increased by 158 percent since the beginning of the year. There are now 31.... Those home State Republican Senators who have issued press releases and have publicly supported their judicial nominees should take the next step and ask their leader to schedule up-or-down votes.... I have heard Senator Toomey indicate his strong support and that he would like to see Judge Restrepo receive a vote, but I have yet to see him ask for a firm commitment on a vote.... I have heard Senator Toomey indicate his strong support and that he would like to see Judge Restrepo receive a vote, but I have yet to see him ask for a firm commitment on a vote."
Sen. Boxer: Senate Confirms Judge Dale Drozd For California's Eastern District Court; Senator Boxer Recommended Judge Drozd's Nomination to the White House
(Democrat - California)
"I want to thank my Republican colleagues for scheduling today’s long overdue vote to confirm Judge Dale Drozd for the Eastern District Court of California, which is in a state of judicial emergency. Cases are piling up because we do not have enough judges to review them, so Judge Drozd’s leadership is desperately needed.
This position on the Eastern District bench has been vacant since October of 2012, and Judge Drozd is an excellent candidate to fill it. ... Judge Drozd is a non-controversial nominee who has bipartisan support – including praise from two judges in the Eastern District who were both appointed by President George W. Bush.
Judge Lawrence O’Neill wrote to me and said, “At this point of desperation in the Eastern District of California, every day of delay makes an enormous difference…Needing help is a severe understatement. Any person in a position of authority relating to the confirmation of this nominee should focus on his bipartisan support.” And Chief Judge Morrison C. England said that Judge Drozd “has all of the attributes needed to be an outstanding addition the district court bench in Fresno… I know he has bipartisan support and I certainly support and encourage his confirmation at the earliest possible time.” I am glad we are voting to confirm Judge Drozd today. The people of the Eastern District of California need his leadership, and the overworked judges of the Eastern District need his help."
Sens. Corker & Alexander on three pending TN federal judicial nominees
(Republican - Tennessee)
Corker said he believes Crenshaw and McDonough will be confirmed by the end of the year. He denied GOP lawmakers are engineering a slowdown.
“There is a logjam, but there is no problem, nobody holding them up,” Corker said.
Alexander said all three Tennessee nominees are well qualified.
“We’ll do everything we can to urge the Senate to confirm them this year, if possible,” Alexander said. “These three aren’t controversial so I see no reason why they shouldn’t move through.”
Sen. Leahy: Senate Republicans Must End Virtual Shutdown of Judicial Confirmations
(Democrat - Vermont)
“I appreciate Chairman Grassley’s efforts to schedule today’s hearing for some of the nominees pending in our Committee, and I am hopeful he will schedule additional hearings soon,” Leahy said. “At the same time, the full Senate must allow votes on the 16 qualified judicial nominees pending on the floor. Because Republican leaders have virtually shut down the confirmation process, we are headed to a judicial vacancy crisis. This harms our justice system and it hurts all Americans. I urge Senate Republicans to start leading responsibly.”... "the Senate should immediately confirm the several judicial nominees supported by the non-partisan Hispanic National Bar Association.”
Currently, there are three judicial nominees supported by the HNBA pending on the Senate floor. All three nominees received overwhelming support in the Judiciary Committee, and two would fill emergency vacancies .... A fourth nominee, Dax López, was nominated to a judicial vacancy in the Northern District of Georgia two months ago, and is still awaiting a hearing in the Judiciary Committee.
Leahy said: “These dedicated public servants are eager to serve and Senate Democrats support their confirmation. The Senate should immediately turn to the confirmation vote of Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo and then schedule confirmation votes for the other 15 judicial nominees, including, Mr. Bonilla, and Mr. Vazquez, without further delay.”
Sen. Grassley on NE, TN & 2 NJ district court nominee hearing
(Republican - Iowa)
Omaha attorney Robert Rossiter Jr. was one of four U.S. district judge nominees to receive a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “For a month, these four people have been thoroughly investigated by our staffs, and they advanced because there’s not really any problems,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told visiting Nebraskans later in the day.
Sen. Fischer Testifies at Senate Judiciary Hearing for Nebraska Federal Judge Nominee Bob Rossiter
(Republican - Nebraska)
"Nebraska’s federal bench is an example of efficiency and integrity. It also has one of the busiest dockets.
During the 12-month period preceding September 2014, Nebraska had the most per-judgeship weighted filings among the eight states that have only three authorized judgeships and a single federal district.
With a small bench and a full docket, it is important that this federal district court is operating at full capacity.
Despite this fact, however, the judgeship that Bob has been nominated for has been vacant for more than a year.
Because this court must be provided with the necessary resources to work efficiently, I was pleased to work with Senator Mike Johanns to select a highly qualified candidate for this important position.... I urge my colleagues to support Bob Rossiter’s nomination quickly so that he can put his outstanding intellect, skill, and judgement to work for the American people."
Sen. Alexander: Lifelong Memphian Ed Stanton Is “Fair, Impartial…a Rising Star”
(Republican - Tennessee)
“People who know Memphis know that for some time now Ed Stanton has been considered to be a rising star. Ed is a lifelong Memphian with solid legal experience that spans both the public and private sectors, and I know he’ll do his best to serve West Tennesseans in a fair and impartial manner. I urge the committee to support his nomination and the Senate to speedily confirm him.”
Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Judicial Nominations
(Democrat - Vermont)
"There are three outstanding Hispanic judicial nominees that are currently pending on the Senate’s Executive Calendar – Luis Felipe Restrepo, nominated to a judicial emergency vacancy in the Third Circuit; Armando Bonilla, nominated to a judicial vacancy in the Court of Federal Claims; and John Michael Vazquez, nominated to a judicial emergency vacancy in the District of New Jersey. A fourth, Dax López, has been nominated to a judicial vacancy in the Northern District of Georgia, and is still awaiting a hearing in the Judiciary Committee.
These dedicated public servants are eager to serve, but they have been blocked by the Republican leadership’s virtual shutdown of the judicial confirmation process since they took over the majority in January. More than eight months into this new Congress, the Republican leadership has allowed just six votes for judges.... I have heard Senator Toomey indicate his strong support and that he would like to see Judge Restrepo receive a vote, but I have yet to see him ask for a firm commitment on a vote. The people of Pennsylvania are no doubt wondering when this long-standing and emergency vacancy on their appeals court will be filled. ... The Senate, however, can act right now to alleviate the considerable backlog of cases in the Eastern District of California by confirming the non-controversial pending nominee for this court, Federal Magistrate Judge Dale Drozd. Judge Drozd was voice voted out of the Judiciary Committee in June and there is no reason why we cannot vote today on his confirmation."
Sen. Durbin Floor Statement on delayed judicial and ambassador nominee Floor votes
(Democrat - Illinois)
"[P]eople are asking: When am I going to get my day in court? Well, you will not get your day in court until the new judge gets his day in the Senate. We don’t know when that might happen. There is no reason to delay these confirmation votes. These nominees would be confirmed with overwhelming support. … This is an important responsibility of the Senate. We should not neglect it. …
We could vote on [the many pending executive and judicial nominees] this afternoon. Are we holding off the vote because we are too busy on the Senate floor? If you are following the Senate, you know that is not the case. It is time for us to do our jobs so these nominees can do theirs."
Sen. Leahy: A Republican Shutdown of the Judicial Confirmations Process Hurts All Americans
(Democrat - Vermont)
"In the nearly nine months since Republicans have been in the majority, judicial vacancies have almost doubled. And under Republican leadership, the Senate this year has confirmed just six judicial nominees, while dozens more await a confirmation vote. This is no way to respond to a looming vacancy crisis that will negatively impact Americans’ ability to seek justice in our courts.... In 2007, when I was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, we had confirmed 29 judges nominated by President Bush at this same point in his presidency. And in the last two years of the Bush administration, we confirmed 68 nominees.... by confirming just six of President Obama’s judicial nominees this year, Senate Republicans are on pace to have the worst confirmation record of any Senate in more than a half century.... there are 16 judicial nominees pending on the Senate floor and simply waiting for an up-or-down vote. These nominees include Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, an historic nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pennsylvania, and Wilhelmina Wright, the first African-American woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court who has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota."
Cornyn: We’re filling judge seats
(Republican - Texas)
"I have been working with the Obama administration to fill these critical vacancies.
Since President Obama took office, he has nominated and the Senate has confirmed 12 consensus nominees to fill judicial vacancies in Texas – six in the last year alone.... I was proud to recommend all of them and I’m working on more to come."
Sen. Shelby blames White House for lack of judges
(Republican - Alabama)
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, blamed the White House for the impasse.
“I have negotiated in good faith to find nominees that will serve our state well,” Shelby said. “Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear to me that the White House is not interested in good-faith negotiations, which is why efforts to fill these judgeships have stalled.”
Sen. Klobuchar on Judiciary Committee unanimous approval of nominee Wilhelmina Wright
(Democrat - Minnesota)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who along with Sen. Al Franken recommended Wright to President Obama, said she is hopeful the current Minnesota Supreme Court justice will be approved for the federal bench before year’s end. “What often happens is we complete a number of nominations by the end of the year,” said Klobuchar. “As you get closer to the presidential election it gets harder, so you want to get it done in the next few months.”
She noted that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, supported Wright and that he has additional judicial nominations he wants to get into the pipeline and approved.
SENS. MIKULSKI, CARDIN PRAISE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S APPROVAL OF NOMINEE PAULA XINIS FOR MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT SEAT: Senators Recommended Xinis for Federal Bench to President Obama
(Democrat - Maryland)
“I applaud the committee’s vote to approve the nomination of Paula Xinis to serve on the U.S. District Court of Maryland, and was proud to recommend her for the job,” Senator Mikulski said. “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament; a commitment to core constitutional principles; and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. Paula Xinis not only meets these standards, she exceeds them. Maryland deserves to have highly qualified judges who will uphold the law to provide equal justice for all, and we have that in her.”
“I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for reporting Ms. Xinis out of committee. Her deep roots in the Maryland legal community and strong respect for the rule of law make her an ideal nominee,” said Senator Cardin. “The need for well-qualified judges like Ms. Xinis on benches across the nation is urgent. I hope that my colleagues will help keep our justice system running smoothly by quickly voting to confirm Ms. Xinis and many other qualified nominees waiting for a vote before the full Senate.”
Sen. Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy Statement at Executive Business Meeting
(Democrat - Vermont)
"We also have three District Court nominations listed on today’s agenda – two to fill emergency vacancies in Minnesota and New Jersey and another to fill a Maryland vacancy. All three were previously listed on agendas for August 6 and September 10, but those business meetings were cancelled. I hope that we can finally report these three nominations out today without further delay.
I also appreciate Chairman Grassley’s efforts to schedule hearings for the nominees pending in our Committee. I understand that the Chairman plans to notice a nominations hearing for the last week of the month and I am hopeful that he will schedule at least two hearings in October. We now have 21 judicial nominees waiting for a hearing – including nominees from Iowa, New York California, and Rhode Island. I hope we can ensure that all of the currently pending nominees get a hearing by the end of the year."
SENS. KLOBUCHAR, FRANKEN: NOMINATION OF WILHELMINA WRIGHT TO SERVE AS FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT JUDGE PASSES SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
(Democrat - Minnesota)
“Justice Wright is the total package—her breadth of experience, deep legal knowledge and strong character make her highly qualified for the position,” Klobuchar said. “With 25 years of experience spanning the state and federal levels, she is a dedicated public servant who thoroughly understands Minnesota’s legal system. The Judiciary Committee came together in a bipartisan way today to move her nomination forward, and I will continue working toward a swift confirmation.”
“The job of federal judge is one that requires someone with a diverse record of experience, and an unwavering commitment to the fair and just application of the law,” Franken said. “With decades of legal experience and a strong background as a public servant—on both the state and federal levels—Justice Wright clearly meets those requirements. We took a big step forward in the Judiciary Committee today to get Justice Wright seated, and I look forward to continue working on her confirmation.”
Sen. Leahy: On Constitution Day, Leahy Urges Senate Republicans To Uphold Responsibility Of Advice & Consent
(Democrat - Vermont)
"After the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved 3 district court nominees, who now join 13 other judicial nominees pending on the floor, Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called on Senate Republicans to set politics aside and schedule confirmation votes without further delay....Before the August break, Leahy and all Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) urging him to more swiftly schedule confirmation votes on judicial nominees. But so far this work period, the Senate has confirmed just one judicial nominee.
Among the widely supported nominees being held up on the Senate floor is Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo .... Leahy also called on Republicans to prioritize the 21 judicial nominees pending in the Judiciary Committee. The Committee is slated to hold one confirmation hearing at the end of September, and additional hearings in October."
Sen. Leahy Floor Statement on Judicial Nominations
(Democrat - Vermont)
Given his remarkable credentials, wealth of experience, and strong bipartisan support, you would think the Senate would have confirmed Judge Restrepo months ago. Instead, he was nominated for a judicial emergency vacancy back in November 2014, and for 10 months since his nomination, he has been denied a vote on his confirmation. No Senate Democrat opposes a vote on his nomination. The only ones who are holding up his nomination are the Senate Republicans. I have heard Senator Toomey indicate his strong support and that he would like to see Judge Restrepo receive a vote. I know Senator Toomey can be a fierce advocate for issues he cares passionately about, and I hope he will get a firm commitment from the Majority Leader to schedule a confirmation vote this week.
In addition to Judge Restrepo’s nomination, there are 12 other non-controversial judicial nominees pending on the Executive Calendar waiting for a vote. All of them were approved by voice vote by the Judiciary Committee. There is no reason for Republicans to block these nominees. More than eight months into this new year, Republican leadership has allowed votes on just six judicial nominees. By this time in 2007, when I was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, we had confirmed 29 judges nominated by President Bush.... Because of the Republicans’ virtual shutdown of the confirmation process, judicial vacancies have increased by more than 50 percent – from 43 to 67.... I am urging Republican leadership to reverse course. Confirm Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo without further delay. And then confirm the other 12 non-controversial judicial nominees pending on our Executive Calendar."
Sen. Toomey on filling judicial vacancies
(Republican - Pennsylvania)
“And I will say I also work closely with Senator Casey whenever I can,” Toomey stated. “And one of the areas we work closely together regularly is filling vacancies on the federal bench. The fact is in the four and a half or so years since I have been in the Senate we have been able to recruit, vet, nominate, and confirm, fifteen men and women to the federal bench across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And, in that period of time, only California and New York can match or exceed those numbers.”
Interview of Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley's Chief Counsel, Nominations
(Republican - Iowa)
As nominations counsel for Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, it falls to Ted Lehman to ensure the panel's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made good on his vow — at the start of the 114th Congress in January — to thoroughly vet and move through the committee all consensus nominees that would come his way.
Despite Democrats' charges that Republicans have been lackadaisical in filling executive and judicial vacancies, Lehman said the panel has been diligent. "My role ... is to work with the White House, the ranking [committee] member's staff — as well as other Senate staff — on the chairman's behalf as the committee does its due diligence," said Lehman, who's served on Grassley's staff since 2011.
Sen. Leahy Floor Statement [on judicial nominations, vacancies and confirmation process]
(Democrat - Vermont)
"if we continue at this rate the Republican majority has established, the Senate this year will confirm the fewest number of judges in more than a half century--resulting in a judicial vacancy crisis. I am concerned because the Senate Republican leadership has refused to schedule timely confirmation votes for consensus judicial nominees which, I think, demonstrates an astounding neglect of the needs of our independent third branch, which borders on contempt.... relentless obstruction over the last 6 years has resulted in an unacceptable number of vacancies--often hovering close to or exceeding 90. ... In the 8 months since Republicans have been in the majority, judicial vacancies have increased by more than 50 percent. ... Federal court vacancies deemed to be ``judicial emergencies'' by the non-partisan Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has increased by 158 percent since the beginning of the year. ... The last 2 years of President Bush's tenure in office, the Democrats controlled the Senate. By this time, we had confirmed 26 of his judges. Now, with exactly the same situation, with Republicans controlling, they have only allowed five judges. ... In Pennsylvania, there are six current vacancies and five nominees pending. Senate Republicans should be trying to move these nominees as expeditiously as possible. Of great concern is the treatment of Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, who will fill an emergency vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Restrepo was unanimously confirmed 2 years ago by the Senate to serve as a district court judge in Pennyslvania. I have heard no objection to his nomination, yet it took 7 months just to get him a hearing in the Judiciary Committee.... I hope the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania will implore his leadership to bring this highly qualified nominee up for a vote. ... In the Western District of New York, located in Buffalo, there is not a single active Federal district judge, even though it has one of the busiest caseloads in the country. ... President Eisenhower had 47 judges confirmed in his last 2 years in office; President Reagan had 85 judges confirmed his last 2 years in office; President Clinton had 73 judges confirmed his last 2 years in office; and President George W. Bush had 68 judges confirmed his last 2 years in office. This is a clear double standard that is being applied to President Obama's nominees.
Republicans can provide some real leadership if the majority leader would go ahead and allow for a vote on all 14 of the judicial nominees pending on the Executive Calendar. All of these nominees have bipartisan support and were voted out of the Judiciary Committee by voice vote. Five of them would fill judicial emergency vacancies, including Judge Restrepo of Pennsylvania. Others would fill judicial emergencies in California, New York, and Tennessee. And the five nominees to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims have now been pending before the full Senate for a year or more. ... I urge the Senate Republican leadership to schedule votes for the remaining 13 consensus judicial nominees on the Executive Calendar. They could all be done tomorrow morning in half an hour's time."
Reed and Whitehouse Announce Nomination of Mary McElroy to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island: President Obama officially nominates RI Public Defender Mary McElroy to succeed U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi
(Democrat - Rhode Island)
“After a months-long, open effort to solicit qualified applicants and conduct extensive interviews, we are prepared to take the next step in this process and have decided, after careful deliberation, to recommend that President Obama nominate Mary McElroy to the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island.
"Many talented and skilled Rhode Islanders came forward to express an interest in serving their country on the federal bench. We were impressed by the particularly strong applicant pool and the talent, character, and commitment to public service demonstrated by the accomplished set of candidates.
"Mary McElroy is highly qualified and would serve on the federal bench with distinction. Mary possesses a strong legal background, a steadfast commitment to justice and the rule of law, and the temperament, professionalism, and integrity to serve as a federal judge. The depth of her experience with the practice of criminal law and with the U.S. District of Rhode Island has prepared her well for this role. We believe she will be a fine addition to Chief Judge Smith's court, and will follow the tradition of justice and decency that all of Rhode Island's Federal Judges exhibit.
"This is a first step in the confirmation process, and we will support Mary every step along the way. We look forward to working with the President and our colleagues in the Senate to see that this nomination receives fair and expeditious consideration," said Reed and Whitehouse.
MIKULSKI, CARDIN PRAISE OBAMA NOMINEE STEPHANIE GALLAGHER FOR MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT SEAT: Senators Recommended Judge Gallagher for Federal Bench to President Obama
(Democrat - Maryland)
“I was proud to recommend Judge Gallagher to President Obama and am so pleased that she was nominated to the United States District Court of Maryland,” Senator Mikulski said. “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament; a commitment to core constitutional principles, and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. She meets and exceeds these standards. Judge Gallagher possesses the qualities that are needed to make sure the rights of ordinary Americans are protected. And she has the experience that will allow her to serve with an open mind and adhere to the rule of law.”
“Judge Gallagher brings tremendous experience to the courtroom as a sitting U.S. Magistrate Judge in Baltimore, as well as being a former prosecutor, private law firm attorney, and judicial law clerk,” said Senator Cardin. “Her strong roots in the Maryland legal community and tremendous understanding and respect for the rule of law make her an exceptional nominee. I was pleased to recommend Judge Gallagher’s nomination to the President along with Senator Mikulski, and I am confident that she will serve the people of Maryland well once confirmed as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland.”