07.17.08

Burr Urges Action On Judge Conrad Nomination

Today marks one-year of Senate inaction

U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of North Carolina District Court Judge Robert Conrad's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit:

"Bob Conrad is a capable and qualified nominee, and there is no reason why the Senate should continue to drag its feet on his confirmation," Burr said. "He has faithfully served North Carolina on the federal district court bench and I know if confirmed he would continue his impeccable service on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate should move forward with Judge Conrad's nomination without further delay. Judge Conrad has been denied an up-or-down vote for long enough."

Conrad has twice been unanimously confirmed by the Senate for judicial positions in the past. President Bush appointed him to serve as United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina in 2001, and in 2005, he was confirmed for his current job as a federal district court judge. Along with Conrad, Tom Farr has also been waiting for action on his nomination to the currently vacant federal district court seat in the Eastern District of North Carolina, in his case for over a year.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, located in Richmond, Virginia, hears federal appeals from cases filed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. While North Carolina is the most populous state in the Fourth Circuit, the state can presently claim only one judge on the fifteen judge bench.