U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Texas Supreme Court justice, made the following statement regarding the nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr., currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to the Supreme Court of the United States:
“The President has chosen a well qualified nominee for our nation’s highest court. It is clear that Judge Alito is a man of outstanding character, who is deeply committed to public service, and has a distinguished history of professional achievement and leadership.
“Since Justice O’Connor announced her resignation, the President has engaged in unprecedented consultation with the United States Senate. It is now the responsibility of the Senate to consider this nomination in a thorough and timely fashion. The Court has already been in session for nearly a month, and in order to spare it any further unnecessary disruption, it is important that the confirmation process be completed in a timely manner, free of obstructionist tactics. All nominees deserve a fair process and an up-or-down vote. No nominee should be used as a political pawn.
“Unfortunately, as we saw with the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts, it appears that some on the other side of the aisle will not support any nominee who shares a philosophy of judicial restraint. Partisan politics must be put aside, allowing the Senate to focus on the nominee’s qualifications.”
Judge Alito received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1972, his law degree from Yale Law School in 1975, and upon graduation became law clerk for Hon. Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals of the Third Circuit. Judge Alito also served as assistant U.S. attorney, District of New Jersey, from 1977-1981; Assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981-1985; Deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, 1985-1987; and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1987-1990.
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