Obama Nominates Baylor Graduate To Federal Bench

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2011)—President Barack Obama Thursday nominated Marshall attorney James Rodney Gilstrap to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Gilstrap, a partner in the firm of Smith & Gilstrap in Marshall since 1984, is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Baylor University and a 1991 graduate of the Baylor School of Law.

From 1989 to 2002, he also served as county judge in Harrison County.

Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, R-Texas, both praised the nomination Thursday.

“Rodney Gilstrap’s nomination to the federal bench will continue the strong judicial history of the Eastern District of Texas. His legal credentials are excellent and we hope that the Senate will move quickly to confirm his nomination,” Hutchison said.

Cornyn said Gilstrap would bring a wealth of experience to the bench.

“It is easy to see why Mr. Gilstrap was the consensus candidate recommended to the President by myself, Sen. Hutchison and our Democrat colleagues in the Texas Congressional Delegation,” Cornyn said.

“I’m confident he’ll be well received in the Senate, and I look forward to his swift confirmation.”

Mr. Obama Thursday nominated U.S. Magistrate for the Eastern District of New York Andrew L. Carter, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He’s a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

He also nominated West Virginia Circuit Court Judge Gina Marie Groh to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Virginia.

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