Statement of Sen. Alexander - On the 78-22 Senate vote confirming John G. Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Posted on September 29, 2005

Watching Judge Roberts in the nomination hearings was like watching Michael Jordan play basketball at the University of North Carolina in the early 1980s or Chet Atkins as a session guitarist in the 1950s in Nashville. One doesn’t have to be a great student of the law to recognize there is unusual talent here. As governor of Tennessee I appointed about fifty judges, and I looked for the same qualities Judge Roberts has demonstrated – intelligence, good character, restraint, respect for the law and respect for those who came before the court. It is unlikely that in our lifetimes we will see a Supreme Court nominee whose professional accomplishments, demeanor and intelligence are superior to that of Judge John Roberts. I was proud to vote for him and pleased that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle voted to confirm him by an overwhelming majority.