Alexander: Tennessee is Fortunate to Have Such a Well-Qualified Federal District Judge as Waverly Crenshaw

Says Crenshaw “is a man of good character and good temperament,” will serve Middle District of Tennessee well as federal judge

Posted on April 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on the Senate floor to speak in support of Waverly Crenshaw.

Alexander said Crenshaw is a man of good character and good temperament. The Senate voted to approve Crenshaw’s nomination to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

“Tennessee is fortunate to have such a well-qualified federal district court judge as Waverly Crenshaw,” Alexander said. “I am glad the Senate voted to confirm him to be a federal district judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.”

In July, Alexander, who is not a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced Crenshaw to the committee when it met to consider his nomination. The Senate today confirmed Mr. Crenshaw’s nomination to be a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee 92 to 0.  

The full text of Alexander’s floor remarks follows:

In December of 2014, Judge Haynes of the Middle District of Tennessee assumed senior status, creating a vacancy on the Middle District bench. That vacancy has resulted in increased caseloads for the three active federal district judges—Judge Sharp, Judge Campbell, and Judge Trauger. Fortunately, help is on the way. In June, Senator Corker and I had the pleasure of introducing Waverly Crenshaw to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee when it met to consider his nomination. I was pleased that the committee agreed with us. And they reported out his nomination by voice vote the following month. 

It's easy to see why Tennesseans support Mr. Crenshaw and are excited about his nomination and the prospect that the United States Senate will confirm him tonight. He was born in Nashville and attended Vanderbilt University, both for college and for law school. After law school he clerked for Judge John Nixon in the Middle District of Tennessee, the same court where we hope he will soon serve. After his clerkship, he worked for the Tennessee Attorney General before entering private practice. In 1987 he became an associate of a small labor and employment law firm in Nashville and in 1990 he joined one of our largest firms, Waller, Lansden, Dortch, and Davis, where he's partner. 

Mr. Crenshaw is also active in the Nashville community, serving as unpaid legal counsel to the National Convention of Visitors Corporation, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities association, and the YWCA among others. 

The Middle District of Tennessee is fortunate to have such a well-qualified nominee. Waverly Crenshaw is a man of good character and of good temperament, and today I encourage my colleagues to vote for his confirmation. 



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