Nov 05 2017
By Nebraska U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse
The writers are Nebraska’s U.S. senators. Sasse is a member of the Judiciary Committee.
Nebraska has an impressive legal community. With more than 5,700 lawyers, our state touts a lengthy and impressive list of those who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to the rule of law.
During our search for a candidate to fill the seat of Chief Judge William Jay Riley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, however, one name stood out.
President Donald Trump accepted our recommendation and nominated Steve for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in August. Like us and so many other Nebraskans across our great state, the president recognized Steve’s temperament, intellect and skill as valuable attributes for the federal bench.
Steve learned the value of hard work while growing up on his family farm in the Nebraska Panhandle. That experience laid a strong foundation for him. He went on to excel in his education and build a distinguished legal career practicing appellate litigation.
For 12 years, Steve served Nebraska with dedication. In his role as the chief deputy attorney general, he passionately defended our citizens and upheld the laws of our state.
The respect Nebraskans hold for Steve is widespread and bipartisan.
Former Nebraska Gov. and U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, wrote of Steve:
“(Steve) was an asset to our state and Nebraskans benefitted from having such a capable and thoughtful professional in public service. Today, he is unquestionably one of the foremost appellate lawyers in the state, making him an obvious choice for this seat on our federal appeals court.”
Click here to read the full article in the Omaha World-Herald