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Executive Session

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BARRASSO. Mr. President, I join Senator Enzi in strongly supporting the nomination of Greg Phillips to a seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Greg Phillips will be an outstanding judge. He graduated with honors, as you heard from Senator Enzi, from the University of Wyoming College of Law. He has worked in private practice, he has worked in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, and he currently serves as attorney general for the State of Wyoming. The breadth of his experience, his understanding of the law and the role of a judge, as well as the thoroughness with which he approaches his responsibilities--well, they will serve him well.

The people who know him best--his peers--uniformly praise his intellect, his diligence, and his fairness. His former boss, U.S. district judge Alan Johnson, said this in a recent letter to Senator Enzi:

Again and again, local defense attorneys have expressed their appreciation for the fair handed, respectful, and even tempered treatment they have received from Greg Phillips.

We are very fortunate in Wyoming to have Greg Phillips nominated for the bench. I have no doubt that as his career continues, he will become a successful and a respected member of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I strongly encourage all Members of the Senate to join Senator Enzi and me in voting to confirm Greg Phillips.

I suggest the absence of a quorum.


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