Trump Nominates State Sen. Mark Norris Of Collierville For Federal Judgeship

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( - President Donald Trump has nominated state Tennessee State Senator Mark Norris of Collierville and three others to serve as federal judges in the state.

Trump nominated Norris and Thomas L. Parker to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, which includes Memphis.

William L. Campbell Jr. and Eli J. Richardson were nominated in the state's Middle District, which includes Nashville.

All four must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Norris released this statement:

“I am honored by the nomination and appreciate the President’s confidence in me. This is just the first step under the Constitution, and I look forward to the Senate confirmation process. In the meantime, I will continue to serve the citizens of the 32nd District who elected me to the Senate and my Senate colleagues who elected me as their Leader.”

Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) issued the following statement about Norris’ nomination:

"Mark Norris has been -- and will continue to be until his confirmation -- an outstanding Senate Republican Leader for our caucus. Both a political and policy expert, Mark's leadership charted the conservative course that our Republican majority took as we ushered in a new era in state government. A consummate conservative, Mark turned conservative ideas into action as he worked with the administration to mold and shape the Republican agenda of less spending, low taxes and smaller government. He is a wise counselor and a treasured friend. While the judiciary will gain a sterling legal mind with thoroughly sound judgment, the Senate Republican Caucus will lose our fearless Leader. He will be greatly missed."  

United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released this statement:

On Norris: “Mark has served the state of Tennessee in public office – as a state senator and currently as the Senate Majority Leader – and has also practiced law for over 30 years working as a litigator in the trial and appellate courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Tennessee will be well-served by a man of such good character and good temperament, and I look forward to introducing him to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.” 


On Parker: “Since he graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law, Tommy Parker has been one of the finest attorneys in Memphis – including nearly a decade of service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee – and I am confident he will be an equally effective judge. I look forward to introducing him to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I hope the Senate will quickly consider his nomination.” 

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