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May 16 2013

Hatch, Lee on the nomination of Judge Carolyn B. McHugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

Utah Senators Recommended the Nomination to President Obama

U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today applauded President Obama’s nomination of Utah Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Carolyn B. McHugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Hatch and Lee encouraged the President to nominate McHugh to serve on the 10th Circuit, where, if confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Judge Michael Murphy who took senior status on 12/31/12.

“Judge McHugh is smart, qualified, and really represents everything we look for in a judge,” Hatch said. “Carolyn has proven herself as not only an exceptional jurist on the Utah Court of Appeals, but also a great student of the law. I look forward to working with Senator Lee and our colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to move her nomination forward and get her seated on the 10th Circuit bench as soon as possible.”

"I have long been impressed with Carolyn's sharp legal mind and dedication to the rule of law," Lee said.  "Throughout a distinguished career both in private practice and on the Utah Court of Appeals, she has demonstrated a commitment to objectivity and faithful application of the law.  Her rich experience, outstanding intellect, and steadfast character will be a great asset to the federal bench, and I look forward to working with Senator Hatch to help ensure her speedy confirmation."

McHugh’s nomination will now be sent to the Judiciary Committee, and if approved by a majority of members, her nomination will be sent to the full Senate for a vote on her confirmation.