Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today participated in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing for five nominees to the federal district courts in the State of Texas.
“As many of the people in this hearing know, Sen. Cornyn and I four years ago created a bipartisan federal judicial advisory committee consisting of esteemed members of the Bar throughout the State of Texas,” Sen. Cruz said in his opening statement. “It is bipartisan. It includes leaders in every region of the state to make recommendations on judicial appointments, and each of the five nominees who is sitting before us is a product of that process.
“Each of you has been through vigorous interviews, has been through the scrutiny of your colleagues and the scrutiny of your peers. It is designed to be an exacting process, but it is also designed to be a process that helps the cream rise to the top and helps produce nominees who will be the very best at what they do at the bench, who will be learned in the law, who will be faithful to the law and faithful to the Constitution, and who will bring honor to the judiciary and uphold the integrity of our courts. So I congratulate each of the five of you for making it through the process with such flying colors.”
Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Wesley Hendrix, and Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez were nominated to the Northern District of Texas. Magistrate Judge Walter David Counts III was nominated to the Western District of Texas. Former state judge Karen Gren Scholer was nominated to the Eastern District of Texas.
Watch Sen. Cruz’s opening statement and line of questioning here.