[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 5 (Tuesday, January 9, 2018)]
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The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Tennessee.
Mr. ALEXANDER. I thank the distinguished Presiding Officer, the
Senator from North Carolina.
I ask unanimous consent to speak for 2 minutes on the nominees on
whom we are about to vote.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
Mr. ALEXANDER. Mr. President, on December 1, 2016, Judge Todd
Campbell stepped down as a district court judge for the Middle District
of Tennessee. On April 15, 2017, Judge Kevin Sharp stepped down,
creating a second vacancy in the Middle District. Those two vacancies
have resulted in increased caseloads for the only two remaining full-
time Federal district court judges, Waverly Crenshaw and Aleta Trauger.
Things are almost as bad in Tennessee's Western District, where we
have two vacancies. Fortunately, help is on the way. In July of last
year, President Trump nominated Chip Campbell to serve in Tennessee's
Middle District and Tommy Parker to serve in the Western District. I
was pleased to see the President select such qualified individuals, and
I thank him and his counsel, Don McGahn, for working with us throughout
this process. I was equally pleased to see the Senate Judiciary
Committee approve both nominations by voice vote last October. And it
is easy to see why Tennesseans are excited about these nominees, too.
Chip Campbell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the
University of Alabama School of Law. Before attending law school, Mr.
served as a naval flight officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He began his
career in private practice with Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham,
before moving and joining the Nashville firm of Riley, Warnock &
Jacobson. Today he is a partner at Frost Brown Todd in Nashville, where
he chairs the competition law section of the business litigation
Tommy Parker received his undergraduate degree from the University of
South Carolina before going to law school at Vanderbilt. Upon
graduation, he joined the Memphis law firm of Waring Cox. In 1995, Mr.
Parker left his position with the firm to serve as an assistant U.S.
attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Today he is a partner
at Baker Donelson in Memphis.
I want to note that President Trump has also made two other
nominations to fill the remaining vacancies in the Middle District--Eli
Richardson--and in the Western District--State Senator Mark Norris--and
I encourage the Senate to act quickly on their nominations. But today's
votes are a good start.
Chip Campbell and Tommy Parker will be assets to the Federal bench,
and Tennessee is fortunate to have such well-qualified nominees. These
are men of good character and good temperament, and today I encourage
my colleagues to support their nominations.
The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Portman). Under the previous order, all
postcloture time is considered expired.
The question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the Campbell
Mr. ALEXANDER. Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second?
There appears to be a sufficient second.
The clerk will call the roll.
The senior assistant legislative clerk called the roll.
Mr. CORNYN. The following Senators are necessarily absent: the
Senator from Texas (Mr. Cruz), the Senator from Georgia (Mr. Isakson),
and the Senator from Arizona (Mr. McCain).
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber
desiring to vote?
The result was announced--yeas 97, nays 0, as follows:
[Rollcall Vote No. 3 Ex.]
The nomination was confirmed.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the motion to
reconsider is considered made and laid upon the table and the President
will be immediately notified of the Senate's action.