29 Iowa State Senators Endorse Judge Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
“[Kavanaugh] Will Be An Advocate For Freedom For The People Of The United States And An Outstanding Addition To The Supreme Court”
WASHINGTON – A majority of the Iowa State Senate, including every Republican senator, wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today endorsing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.
In their letter, the senators wrote that Judge Kavanaugh “is supremely qualified for this appointment, dedicating most of his life to public service.” The senators also noted that “Judge Kavanaugh has spent many years working to improve the lives of others and working to protect the rights of private citizens” and concluded that Judge Kavanaugh “will be an advocate for freedom for the people of the United States and an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court.”
Grassley released the following statement regarding the letter.
“I appreciate the letter from Iowa state senators, endorsing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. As these elected leaders stated, Judge Kavanaugh is a superbly qualified nominee who understands the difference between a judge and a legislator. He judges based on the facts of the case, the law and the Constitution, without regard to preferred policy or political outcomes. By all accounts, he is a decent man with good character. My committee continues to thoroughly examine Judge Kavanaugh’s record, including his 12 distinguished years on the D.C. circuit court of appeals, using the most transparent process in history. I look forward to his hearing next month when both Republican and Democratic senators will have the opportunity to question him,” Grassley said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Grassley, is in the process of reviewing documents related to Judge Kavanaugh’s public service, including his 307 judicial opinions written during his tenure on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, the committee has received more than 248,000 pages of Executive Branch material related to Judge Kavanaugh. The previous high water mark for similar material during consideration of Supreme Court nominees was roughly 180,000 pages related to Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Text of the letter is available here and below.
August 17, 2018
The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
During our work in the Iowa Senate, we consistently focus on laws that will expand and protect freedom for the people of Iowa. We spend a lot of time working on the language and the policy, making sure we get it just right, as do lawmakers all across the United States. When laws are challenged in our country, they can make their way as high as the Supreme Court. In those instances, the judges who preside over these cases determine the constitutionality of the laws passed by the people’s elected representatives. This role is why Supreme Court justices are so important and why we are supporting President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
We firmly believe the role of a judge in our government is to interpret the law as it is written. Judge Kavanaugh has a long record of doing just that and interpreting the Constitution as it was originally intended. He is supremely qualified for this appointment, dedicating most of his life to public service. He has served for over a decade as a federal judge and spent a number of years as Associate Independent Counsel, Associate White House Counsel, and Staff Secretary to President George W. Bush. He has over 300 published opinions, often cited by judges across the country and even supported by the Supreme Court.
In 1990 Judge Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School. Later he would become a law clerk to Justice Kennedy, serve as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice and become a Samuel Williston Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School.
Judge Kavanaugh has spent many years working to improve the lives of others and working to protect the rights of private citizens, while strictly interpreting the laws and our Constitution as they were written. He will be an advocate for freedom for the people of the United States and an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court.
Senator Brad Zaun, Senate Judiciary Chairman
Senator Dan Dawson, Senate Judiciary Vice Chair
Senator Jack Whitver, Senate Majority Leader
Senator Charles Schneider, Senate President
Senator Jerry Behn
Senator Rick Bertrand
Senator Michael Breitbach
Senator Waylon Brown
Senator Jim Carlin
Senator Jake Chapman
Senator Mark Chelgren
Senator Mark Costello
Senator Jeff Edler
Senator Randy Feenstra
Senator Julian Garrett
Senator Tom Greene
Senator Dennis Guth
Senator Craig Johnson
Senator Tim Kapucian
Senator Tim Kraayenbrink
Senator Mark Lofgren
Senator Ken Rozenboom
Senator Jason Schultz
Senator Mark Segebart
Senator Tom Shipley
Senator Amy Sinclair
Senator Roby Smith
Senator Annette Sweeney
Senator Dan Zumbach