Alexander Praises Senate Confirmation of Judge John Thomas Fowlkes Jr. as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee

Posted on July 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge John Thomas Fowlkes, Jr., as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, saying “Judge Fowlkes’ performance has been praised throughout his career in the community of Memphis and Shelby County and he will make an excellent federal judge.”

 

In remarks on the floor before today’s vote (Video HERE), Alexander said:

“As the governor of Tennessee, I had the responsibility of appointing about 50 judges over eight years. I looked for good intelligence, good temperament, good understanding of the law, and respect for those who came before the court. I didn't feel it was my responsibility ever to inquire how a judge might decide on a particular case before he took the position.

 

“So I took some time to look into Judge Fowlkes' background when President Obama nominated him. I was delighted with what I found, and I'm pleased to recommend him to our colleagues. His performance has been praised throughout his career in the community of Memphis and Shelby County, where he's best known. His ‘leadership,’ his ‘citizenship’, his ‘high professionalism’, his ‘courtesy’ to others are the words I often hear. I have letters from bar association members who say he has a creative and independent mind, and from others in Memphis who talk of his passion for the community in which he lives, appearing at civic events repeatedly, committing over 50 hours of service annually to Memphis-area legal services, and actively supporting the Boy Scouts.

 

“So, it is with great pleasure that I recommend to our colleagues today President Obama's nominee of Judge John Fowlkes to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.”

 

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