Cantwell Floor Speech on New Judge’s Appointment to Eastern WA Federal Court
***VIDEO AVAILABLE*** Senate Confirms Thomas Owen Rice - Gonzaga Grad and Spokane Resident - by 93-4 Margin Cantwell in Floor Speech: ‘One of Our State’s Rising Legal Stars’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) delivered a statement from the Senate floor in support of Thomas OwenRice’s nomination to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The Senate confirmed Rice’s appointment by a vote of 93-4.
Video of the floor speech available here.
“Thank you Mr. President I rise to support the nomination of Thomas Rice to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington,” Cantwell said. “He is one of our state’s rising legal stars and has left his mark defending the community he was born in.
“For nearly 25 years he has served in the United States Attorney’s office in Eastern Washington and in that time he’s successfully prosecuted a variety of criminal cases to protect our Eastern Washington communities. And he has wide support from his peers and numerous accolades. So I hope my colleagues will support his nomination making Gonzaga University, his alma mater, Spokane, and the state of Washington proud of his nomination.”
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