U.S. Senate Confirms Supreme Court “Short-Lister” David Stras to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

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January 30, 2018
Justice David Stras
Justice David Stras

Sharon McGowan, Director of Strategy at Lambda Legal, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm David Stras to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:

“While the President has been hard to pin down on many issues, he has been clear and consistent about his intention to fill the courts with ultra-conservative judges who intend to erode and undermine important constitutional guarantees relied upon by LGBT people, women and other communities.  President Trump fulfilled that promise by selecting Neil Gorsuch as his first nominee to the Supreme Court, and today, we see another one of Trump’s Supreme Court ‘short-listers’ -- David Stras -- elevated to a lifetime position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  This is the thirteenth court of appeals judge that the Senate has confirmed since Trump took office, and Senators McConnell and Grassley show no signs of slowing down the unprecedented pace at which they are packing the courts with Trump judges.  The damage that is being done to our judiciary cannot be overstated, and will be felt for generations.”