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Otsego, M.N. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) applauds President Trump’s nomination of Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Following his graduation from the University of Kansas School of Law, Justice David Stras has built an impressive resume of experience during his legal career. He has worked in support of the highest court in the land by clerking for the Honorable Clarence Thomas. He also has private sector experience, has worked as a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, and has clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits. Stras currently serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court following his appointment by Governor Pawlenty in 2010 and his election in 2012.

“I commend President Trump on his nomination of the Honorable David Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was pleased to submit his name to the President for consideration. As an Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Stras is one of the nation’s premier legal minds in the areas of federal courts, constitutional law, and in his own words, the ‘proper, limited role of the judiciary.’ His originalist and textualist approach to the Constitution, and his sharp legal aptitude will undoubtedly serve the Eighth Circuit well for decades to come. 

I firmly believe that Justice Stras will serve as a strong defender of the Constitution on the Eighth Circuit, and I was pleased to support his nomination not only for a position on the Court of Appeals, but also for consideration as a justice to the Supreme Court of the United States. I look forward to a swift and deliberate confirmation from my colleagues in the United States Senate and am pleased to see the Trump Administration uphold its constitutional commitment to our country and the Eighth Circuit.”