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  • Nomination of Stephen R. Bough to Be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri

    by Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Posted on 2014-12-16

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    DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from Vermont (Mr. Leahy), and the Senator from Vermont (Mr. Sanders) are necessarily absent.



    Mr. CORNYN. The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from Tennessee (Mr. Alexander), the Senator from Missouri (Mr. Blunt), the Senator from Georgia (Mr. Chambliss), the Senator from Mississippi (Mr. Cochran), the Senator from Utah (Mr. Hatch), the Senator from Nebraska (Mr. Johanns), the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk), and the Senator from Alabama (Mr. Sessions).

    Further, if present and voting, the Senator from Tennessee (Mr. Alexander) would have voted ``no''.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote? The result was announced--yeas 51, nays 38, as follows: [Rollcall Vote No. 366 Ex.] YEAS--51 Baldwin Begich Bennet Blumenthal Booker Brown Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Coons Donnelly Durbin Feinstein Franken Gillibrand Hagan Harkin Heinrich Hirono Johnson (SD) Kaine King Klobuchar Landrieu Levin Manchin Markey McCaskill Menendez Merkley Mikulski Murphy Murray Nelson Pryor Reed Reid Rockefeller Schatz Schumer Shaheen Stabenow Tester Udall (CO) Udall (NM) Walsh Warner Warren Whitehouse Wyden NAYS--38 Ayotte Barrasso Boozman Burr Coats Coburn Collins Corker Cornyn Crapo Cruz Enzi Fischer Flake Graham Grassley Heitkamp Heller Hoeven Inhofe Isakson Johnson (WI) Lee McCain McConnell Moran Murkowski Paul Portman Risch Roberts Rubio Scott Shelby Thune Toomey Vitter Wicker NOT VOTING--11 Alexander Blunt Boxer Chambliss Cochran Hatch Johanns Kirk Leahy Sanders Sessions The nomination was confirmed.

    ______ NOMINATION OF JORGE LUIS ALONSO TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS ______ NOMINATION OF HAYWOOD STIRLING GILLIAM, JR., TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ______ NOMINATION OF AMIT PRIYAVADAN MEHTA TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ______ NOMINATION OF ALLISON DALE BURROUGHS TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS ______ NOMINATION OF JOHN ROBERT BLAKEY TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS ______ NOMINATION OF AMOS L. MAZZANT, III, TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS ______ NOMINATION OF ROBERT LEE PITMAN TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS ______ NOMINATION OF ROBERT WILLIAM SCHROEDER III TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS ______ [[Page S6907]] NOMINATION OF JOAN MARIE AZRACK TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ______ NOMINATION OF ELIZABETH K. DILLON TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA ______ NOMINATION OF LORETTA COPELAND BIGGS TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the Senate will proceed to the following nominations, which the clerk will report.

    The bill clerk read the nominations of Jorge Luis Alonso, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Amit Priyavadan Mehta, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; Allison Dale Burroughs, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; John Robert Blakey, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; Amos L. Mazzant, III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; Robert Lee Pitman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas; Robert William Schroeder III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; Joan Marie Azrack, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York; Elizabeth K. Dillon, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia; and Loretta Copeland Biggs, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.

    ALONSO NOMINATION Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, I speak in support of Jorge Alonso, who has been nominated to serve as a Federal district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois. He will fill the vacancy that opened when Judge Ronald Guzman took senior status last month.

    Judge Alonso is an outstanding nominee for the Federal bench. He was reported out of the Judiciary Committee last month on a unanimous voice vote.

    I want to thank Chairman Leahy for his efforts to move Judge Alonso's nomination promptly through the Judiciary Committee, and I want to thank the majority leader, Senator Reid, for scheduling this vote on the floor.

    Since 2003, Jorge Alonso has served as an associate judge for the Cook County Judicial Circuit. He is currently in his third appointed term as a State trial court judge. Judge Alonso has presided over hundreds of cases that have gone to verdict or judgment, including at least 88 jury trials.

    He also presides over the Women's Justice Mental Health Call in Cook County. Judge Alonso helped to create this program, which provides intensive support and services to women in the justice system who have suffered from trauma and addiction.

    Prior to serving as a State court judge, Judge Alonso served for 12 years as an assistant public defender in Cook County. As a public defender, he participated in approximately 30 jury trials and 150 bench trials.

    In addition to his substantial courtroom and judicial experience, Judge Alonso has an admirable record of service to the Chicago community. Among his activities, he serves on the boards of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships and support to low-income Chicago students, and the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

    He also works as a judicial intervenor with the Lawyers' Assistance Program, which assists members of the bar who are struggling with mental health or addiction issues.

    Judge Alonso came highly recommended to me by a bipartisan judicial screening committee that I established in the Northern District. I was pleased to recommend Judge Alonso's name to the White House for this nomination.

    I also thank my colleague, Senator Kirk, for submitting his blue slip in support of the nomination.

    In short, Judge Alonso has the experience, the integrity and the judgment to be an excellent addition to the Federal bench in Chicago. I urge my colleagues to support this outstanding nominee.

    Vote on Alonso Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Jorge Luis Alonso, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Gilliam Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Mehta Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Amit Priyavadan Mehta, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Burroughs Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Allison Dale Burroughs, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts? The nomination was confirmed.

    Blakey Nomination Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, I speak in support of the nomination of Jack Blakey to serve as a Federal district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Blakey has been nominated to fill the seat that was left vacant when Chief Judge James Holderman took senior status last December.

    In Illinois we have a bipartisan process for recommending Federal district court judges to the White House. Under this process, Mr. Blakey was recommended by my colleague, Senator Kirk, and I support his nomination.

    Mr. Blakey currently serves as the chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. He has served in this position since 2009. During that time, he has also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois. He helps supervise all joint State-Federal investigations and prosecutions in Cook County.

    Mr. Blakey previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago from 2004 to 2009, as an AUSA in Miami from 2000 to 2004, and as an assistant State's attorney in Cook County from 1996 to 2000.

    Mr. Blakey has gained significant courtroom experience over the course of his career. He has tried over 90 cases to final verdict, including at least 27 jury trials.

    Mr. Blakey is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School.

    Upon Mr. Blakey's confirmation, the Federal district courts in Illinois will be operating at full strength, with no vacancies in the State.

    I urge my colleagues to support this nomination.

    Vote on Blakey Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of John Robert Blakey, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Mazzant Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Amos L. Mazzant, III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas? =========================== NOTE =========================== On page S6907, December 16, 2014, in the third column, the following language appears: . . . advise and consent to the nomination of Amos L. Mazzant III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge . . . .

    The online Record has been corrected to read: . . . advise and consent to the nomination of Amos L. Mazzant, III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge . . . .

    ========================= END NOTE ========================= The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Pitman Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will [[Page S6908]] the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Robert Lee Pitman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Schroeder Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Robert William Schroeder III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Azrack Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Joan Marie Azrack, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Dillon Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Elizabeth K. Dillon, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia? The nomination was confirmed.

    Vote on Biggs Nomination The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the question is, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Loretta Copeland Biggs, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina? The nomination was confirmed.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The majority leader.

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