U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced Nashville attorney Gus Puryear at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Puryear's nomination to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
“Gus Puryear possesses a strong record of achievement in both the public and private sectors,” Alexander said. “He’s tried cases in both federal and state courts, he’s worked on committees and offices in the U.S. Senate and he’s worked on issues in the private sector. I support the president’s nomination of this outstanding Tennessean, and I hope the Senate will confirm this well-qualified nominee as quickly as possible.”
“I have known Gus Puryear for a number of years, I believe he has great integrity, and I was very pleased to join Sen. Alexander in introducing him today,” said Corker. “Gus has experience in many facets of the law, and he is a tremendous asset to his community. He is an accomplished lawyer who would serve the citizens of our state very well as a U.S. district judge, and I hope the Judiciary Committee will bring his confirmation to the Senate floor as soon as possible.”
President Bush nominated Puryear in June to succeed U.S. District Judge Robert Echols. Puryear is currently General Counsel for the Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and previously served as Legislative Director for former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and as a counsel for the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs during a campaign finance investigation in 1997. Alexander and Corker have actively supported Puryear's nomination and hope the Senate will now move expeditiously to confirm him.