Trump’s court pick a hit with Central Texas’ congressional Republicans


The president nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Experts say his confirmation would make the nation’s highest court reliably conservative for a generation.

Members of Congress representing Central Texas reacted to President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“In the coming weeks, we will hear a lot about Judge Kavanaugh’s interesting life story, about his long career as a dedicated public servant, his service to his community, and, yes, his strong Catholic faith. … We will defend the record of Judge Kavanaugh, who I believe is a thoughtful and willing public servant, against deliberate attacks to denigrate him. We will not allow others to distort the nature of his previous judicial decisions or use him as a sacrificial lamb in some sort of vengeance campaign against this president.” — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

“By any measure, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected federal judges in the country. … Senate Democrats, sadly, will try to demagogue this nomination, but their efforts will not be successful. … As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to his confirmation hearing, where Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to demonstrate to the American people that he will uphold the rule of law and interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning.” — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

“This court of last resort is one of the last effective checks on Trump power grabs. We must make every possible effort to stop his altering the court in a way that will damage America for more than a generation. In no event should this nominee be considered until Congress reviews special counsel (Robert) Mueller’s report regarding likely Trump collusion with the Russians and obstruction of justice.” — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin

“I support @POTUS’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh to be nominated to the Supreme Court. I urge the Senate to swiftly approve this qualified candidate.” — U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, via Twitter

“With his pick of Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump named a very qualified and distinguished jurist. I am optimistic that as a Supreme Court Associate Justice Kavanaugh would not legislate from the bench, would adhere to the Constitution and not let his political views influence his legal decisions.” — U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio

“I am very pleased with @POTUS’ decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to @SCOTUS. He has a strong record of protecting the rule-of-law and upholding the Constitution. I encourage the Senate to proceed quickly to confirm … Kavanaugh.” — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, via Twitter

“Judge Kavanaugh has shown great respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. He will be a worthy successor to Justice Kennedy and will serve the Court admirably.” — U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, via Facebook

“America is founded on the principles of justice & respect for the rule of law. #SCOTUS fulfills a critical check & balance in our democracy & it is crucial for those entrusted with the duty of sitting on the bench to have an unwavering commitment to the Constitution as written. Judge #Kavanaugh’s record indicates a respect for our founding principles and a dedication to uphold the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.” — U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, via Twitter

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