Cornyn, Cruz on Committee Approval of Charles Eskridge as U.S. District Judge in Houston

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and I released the following statements after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved of the nomination of Charles Eskridge to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston:

Charles’ commitment to the rule of law and distinguished career as a top-notch litigator make him exceptionally qualified for the federal bench in Houston. I look forward to working with Sen. Cruz and the rest of my colleagues to swiftly confirm him.

"I am grateful my colleagues on the committee favorably reported Charles for the federal bench in Houston,” Sen. Cruz said. “His principled commitment to the rule of law and remarkable legal expertise will serve Texans well, and I urge his swift confirmation in the Senate.”

Senator Cruz and I recommended this nominee to President Trump following an extensive review and interview process of the candidate pool by the bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC). Sen. Cruz and I established the FJEC, a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas, to help identify the most qualified candidates to fill judicial vacancies. The panel reviewed applications, interviewed candidates, and made recommendations to the Sen. Cruz and I. We interviewed individuals before making our recommendations to the President.

Charles Eskridge is a Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in Houston, Texas, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.  Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he spent over two decades in the Houston, Texas, office of Susman Godfrey LLP.  Mr. Eskridge is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching a course on the Origins of the Federal Constitution.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Eskridge served as a law clerk to Judge Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Mr. Eskridge earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from Trinity University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Eskridge served as an editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.

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