Posted on December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, December 13, 2017—United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced Nashville lawyer Eli Richardson at his confirmation hearing to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
“It is my pleasure to join Mr. Richardson and introduce him to the committee today, along with his wife, Erin, his son, Wesley, and other family and friends,” Alexander said. “I’m thankful the committee is moving this nomination along because the Middle District is a growing and busy district – so we’re eager for Mr. Richardson to be approved by the committee and confirmed by the Senate.”
Alexander continued, “I strongly support Mr. Richardson’s nomination to be a district judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Mr. Richardson’s professional experience – as a litigator, FBI special agent and federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Tennessee, where he was appointed the office’s Criminal Chief – make him uniquely qualified for this position. Eli will be an asset to the federal bench, and Tennessee is fortunate to have such a well-qualified nominee who is willing to serve. I urge the members of this committee to support his nomination so he can be promptly considered by the full Senate.”
Video of Alexander’s full remarks is available here.
After President Trump announced Richardson’s nomination on July 13, Alexander said he had no doubt Richardson would serve Middle Tennesseans with integrity.
Senators Alexander and Corker have urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to act quickly on the nominations to the Middle District of Tennessee because there are currently only two full-time district court judges. Federal judges from across Tennessee and other states are volunteering to help with the caseload until the two district court judge vacancies can be filled.