The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Montgomery Federal Court Judge Andrew Brasher to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Tuesday. Brasher was nominated by President Trump in November.
Brasher becomes the 51st circuit court confirmation of the Trump presidency and the first of 2020. Over one-quarter of all circuit court seats are now filled by Trump appointees. Sitting just below the Supreme Court in judicial hierarchy, circuit courts typically serve as last stop for the vast majority of all appeals.
52-43: Senate confirms US District Court judge Andrew Brasher to be elevated to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on party line vote. He is the 51st Circuit Court judge confirmed by Senate during Trump presidency. pic.twitter.com/c2D8KDq8RL— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 11, 2020
“Andrew Brasher’s confirmation to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is a testament to his vast legal ability and commitment to upholding the rule of law as it is written,” said Senator Shelby in a statement.
“I believe Judge Brasher has served with impartiality, integrity, and purpose as a district judge, and I am confident he will continue to do so in this new capacity. I commend President Trump on his decision to nominate Judge Brasher to the Eleventh Circuit and know that his dedication to justice will contribute to the respected standards of our nation’s judicial system.”
Ahead of Judge Andrew Brasher's Senate vote to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Senator Shelby spoke on the floor in strong support of his nomination.
Speaking a Trump rally back in November, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Nobody has done more to change the court system in the history of our country than Donald Trump. And Mr. President, we’re going to keep on doing it — my motto is leave no vacancy behind.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell: "We’re changing the federal courts forever. Nobody has done more to change the court system in the history of our country than Donald Trump. And Mr. President, we’re going to keep on doing it -- my motto is leave no vacancy behind." pic.twitter.com/tsDSOV9snr— Blake Jones (@BlakeJones___) November 5, 2019