Alexander: Cliff Corker Will Be An Asset to the Federal Bench

Posted on November 1, 2019

“Cliff demonstrates the qualities I look for in a judge -- good character, good temperament, high intelligence and respect for the law.”—Senator Lamar Alexander 

GREENEVILLE, Tenn., November 1, 2019 — U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), speaking today at the investiture of Cliff Corker as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said Corker will serve Tennessee “with distinction.”

“Cliff Corker previously served as a United States Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He was selected to serve as a magistrate judge by the District Court Judges of the Eastern District of Tennessee – a testament to his qualifications to be a district court judge and to his support from the community,” Alexander said. “When Judge Corker was appointed to be a Magistrate Judge, he said: ‘It’s a tougher job to be the decision maker than the advocate. There’s so much more responsibility in making the decision than advocating for the client because you really want to see justice done.’

“Cliff demonstrates the qualities I look for in a judge -- good character, good temperament, high intelligence and respect for the law. He will be an asset to the federal bench and serve our state with distinction.”

On November 28, 2018, Alexander introduced Corker at his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. On July 18, the full Senate confirmed Corker to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Alexander also talked at today’s investiture about Judge Ronnie Greer, who has served as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee for the last 15 years before taking senior status last year.

“On a personal note, I have known Judge Greer since he was a student at East Tennessee State University, and he took a major role in my first campaign to be governor in 1974. He has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, in the state government and as a judge,” Alexander said. “After taking senior status in 2018, Judge Greer has continued to maintain a docket that is equal or greater than any of the other active district judges, which is what helped this court’s heavy caseload continue to move so effectively. He unselfishly gives an extraordinary amount of time to handle cases and has made a big difference in how cases have been handled.”

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