President Barack Obama today nominated Marshall lawyer James Rodney Gilstrap to become a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall. Gilstrap, a partner in Smith & Gilstrap, says he is honored at the nomination, and thankful for recommendations from U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, and Democratic legislators from Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gilstrap says he looks forward to a “prompt” confirmation by the U.S. Senate. U.S. District Judge T. John Ward of Marshall plans to retire from the bench on Oct. 1.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys