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Who is Andrew Oldham?

Andrew Oldham is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from Texas.

Age: 39 (approximate)

Current Position: General Counsel, Office of the Governor, State of Texas

Education:

  • B.A., University of Virginia (2001), highest honors
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge (2002), first class
  • J.D., Harvard Law School (2005), magna cum laude

Judicial Clerkships: Judge David Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2005-2006); Associate Justice Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court (2008-2009)

Experience:

  • 2006-2008: Attorney-Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice (Washington, DC)
  • 2009-2012: Associate, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel (Washington, DC)
  • 2012-2015:  Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, State of Texas (Austin, TX)
  • 2015-January 2018:  Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Governor, State of Texas (Austin, TX)
  • January 2018:  General Counsel, Office of the Governor, State of Texas (Austin, TX)

Notable matters:

  • As Deputy Solicitor General, Mr. Oldham appeared twice before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Texas.
  • Mr. Oldham has been actively involved in representing the State of Texas in its opposition to a 2014 Executive Action on immigration, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (“DAPA”), and the expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”).
  • Mr. Oldham is a frequent speaker and panelist for The Federalist Society.
Carrie Severino — Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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