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United States : Grassley on 8th Circuit Nominee David Stras: "Justice Stras wont be a rubber stamp for any political ideology".

Over the next couple days, the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture and to confirm the nomination of Justice David Stras to serve on the Eighth Circuit. Justice Stras is eminently qualified and exceptionally bright. He has received praise and support across the legal professionand across the political spectrum.

Justice Stras is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. He graduated #1 in his class from Kansas Law School in 1999. He served as a law clerk to two federal circuit court judges and to a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Justice Stras has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court since his appointment in 2010. In 2012, he ran for a full six-year term. He handily defeated his opponent, winning 56% of the vote. Justice Stras has received wide bipartisan support from the Minnesota legal community.

He taught law for many years at the University of Minnesota. He also teaches law at the University of Iowa in my home state. Many of the facultyincluding even liberal professors such as Professor Shelly Kurtzstrongly endorse Justice Strass nomination. His time in the private sector was spent at two highly regarded law firms.

During his service on the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Stras has participated in over 750 cases. As my colleague, Senator Klobuchar, noted, Justice Strass judicial record demonstrates that he is impartial and apolitical in his rulings. Justice Stras has sided with the Minnesota Supreme Courts majority 94% of the time. Justice Stras dissented one-third of the time with then-Justice Alan Paige, who was the first African American justice in Minnesota and who is very liberal. Former Justice Paige strongly endorses Justice Strass nomination to the Eighth Circuit, and four other former justices from all political stripes also endorse Justice Strass nomination.

This shows me that Justice Stras wont be a rubber stamp for any political ideology. I am convinced that Justice Stras will rule fairly and impartially, finding and applying the law as writtenand not legislating from the bench.

Justice Stras is a very accomplished, impressive nominee. He has a long judicial record of impartiality. I strongly support his nomination, and I urge all of my colleagues to do the same.

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Date:Jan 30, 2018
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