After much waiting and plenty of posturing by Texas politicians, Texas’ Democratic Congressional Delegation today “recommended for formal nomination” a slew of people for U.S. district judge and U.S. attorney positions in Texas, according to a press release from U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, who is speaking on behalf of Texas’ Democratic Congressional Delegation. The candidates recommended are:
- U.S. Magistrate Judge Diana Saldaña for U.S. district judge in the Laredo Division of the Southern District of Texas;
- Marina Garcia Marmolejo, a partner in Austin’s Diamond McCarthy, for U.S. district judge in the Laredo Division of the Southern District of Texas;
- El Paso County Court-at-Law No. 3 Judge Javier Álvarez for U.S. district judge in the El Paso Division of the Western District of Texas;
- 144th District Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl of Bexar County for U.S. district judge in the San Antonio Division of the Western District of Texas;
- Michael W. McCrum, of counsel in the San Antonio office of Thompson & Knight, for U.S. attorney in the Western District of Texas; and
- Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John B. Stevens Jr. for U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Texas.
“These individuals bring impressive qualifications and diversity to our justice system,” Doggett writes in the press release. “This has been a constructive consultative process that will benefit families across Texas with new leadership in key positions that impact our security. Adding four new, able Hispanics to our federal judiciary would be a truly historic achievement,” he writes. Doggett has been at odds with U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, over which party has the lead role in suggesting Texas candidates to the White House. In a parting shot, Doggett writes in his press release: “Earlier this year, the White House issued a statement outlining the role of the Texas Democratic Delegation in the selection process: ‘No federal judge, U.S. attorney, or U.S. marshal will be nominated by the President, however, unless that person has the confirmed support of the Texas Democratic Delegation.’ ” Doggett writes in the release that the Texas Democratic Delegation now is considering applicants for U.S. attorney positions in the Southern District and Eastern District of Texas. The release does not mention the U.S. attorney position in the Northern District of Texas. Calls placed to Hutchison's and Cornyn's offices were not immediately returned.
Editor's note: The above blog post was corrected to note that the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation "recommended" the six Texans for formal nomination.
-- John Council