U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, today issued the following statements regarding the President’s nomination of Judge John Stevens Jr. of Beaumont to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Sens. Hutchison and Cornyn reviewed the applications for this vacancy through their Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, and ultimately recommended Judge Stevens to President Obama last year.
“I’m pleased Judge John Stevens Jr. of Beaumont has been nominated to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Given Judge Stevens’ extensive legal and judicial experience, Senator Cornyn and I proudly recommended him. Judge Stevens’ service to Jefferson County and the Eastern District makes him the right choice for U.S. Attorney, and I'm pleased that he will be coming to the Senate for confirmation,” Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said.
“I applaud the President's nomination of Judge John Stevens Jr. of Beaumont to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. After careful review of Judge Stevens' impressive record and the input of our Democrat and Republican colleagues in the Texas congressional delegation, Sen. Hutchison and I were proud to recommend Judge Stevens to President Obama. I believe our Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee was an instrumental tool, and Judge Stevens' nomination is a fine example of the good work that can be done for Texas when we put partisanship aside and work together to make the best choice for Texas,” Sen. Cornyn said.
“Our bipartisan committee was impressed by Judge Stevens’ extensive prosecutorial experience and demonstrated ability. He will be an outstanding United States Attorney for the people of the Eastern District. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Senators Hutchison and Cornyn to identify the best-qualified lawyers in Texas to serve as prosecutors and judges,” said Daniel K. Hedges of Porter and Hedges LLP, who serves as the chairman of Senators Cornyn and Hutchison's bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, which screens prospective federal judges and U.S. Attorneys.