09.15.05

Senator Burr Announces Support for Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Senator Richard Burr today announced his intention to support Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States when his nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote.

Senator Burr's announcement came after Judge Roberts' three days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Earlier today, Senator Burr met with Judge Roberts in his Washington, D.C., office. During the meeting, Senator Burr questioned Judge Roberts about his background, judicial activism and tort reform.

"After following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and meeting with him, it's clear to me Judge Roberts has the temperament and respect for the rule of law necessary to be an excellent Chief Justice," Senator Burr said. "Having argued thirty-nine cases before the Supreme Court, Judge Roberts brings a unique background to the Court which will help him lead the Court during this critical time in our history."