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Executive Session

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BOOZMAN. Mr. President, I rise today in support of Kristine Baker's nomination as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Kris Baker is a great lawyer recognized by her peers as well as legal organizations for her dedication to litigation on a wide range of issues, from deceptive trade practices to first amendment matters.

I had the opportunity to introduce her during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. After reviewing her record and meeting with her personally, as well as meeting with those who know her, looking at her reputation, looking at her abilities, I am confident that Kris's experience makes her qualified to be the next eastern district judge of Arkansas.

Kris moved to Arkansas in 1994 to pursue a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law. During law school, she established herself as a hard worker committed to success. She graduated with high honors, was articles editor for the Arkansas Law Review, a member of the board of advocates, and a member of the University of Arkansas first amendment national moot court team.

Kris began her legal career after graduation as a law clerk for Judge Susan Wright, then chief judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. In 2000 she joined her current law firm, Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull, and Burrow, and became a partner 2 years later.

Kris has earned the respect of the legal community across Arkansas, and I believe her litigation experience has given her the knowledge, the skills, and the temperament needed to successfully serve on the Federal bench.

I am honored to recommend that the Senate confirm Kristine Baker to serve the people of America as a judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

I note the absence of a quorum and yield the floor.


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