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Congressman Tom Emmer

Representing the 6th District of Minnesota

Emmer Statement on Confirmation of Justice Stras

January 30, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate today confirmed Justice David Stras to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals:

“Today I am delighted to congratulate Justice David Stras who has rightfully been confirmed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Stras possesses a sharp legal aptitude in the areas of federal courts, constitutional law, and has a mindset for, in his own words, the ‘proper, limited role of the judiciary.’ 

“When President Trump nominated the Honorable David Stras last May, I was hoping for a swift and deliberate confirmation from my colleagues in the Senate. Unfortunately, this process has been drawn out for reasons completely separate from Justice Stras’ ability to defend the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, today is a day for celebration for Minnesota and our country, as one of our nation’s best legal minds will undoubtedly serve the Eighth Circuit well for decades to come.”

Background on Justice Stras:

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

In January 2017, Emmer wrote a letter to then President-elect Trump in support of Justice Stras, encouraging his confirmation.

Notably, Stras’ nomination to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals garnered immense support from both sides of the aisle. In addition to receiving aWell Qualifiedrating from the American Bar Association, Stras’ nomination was supported by more than 100 Minnesota attorneys, members of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation, and his fellow Minnesota Supreme Court justices.

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