Washington State Senate
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March 10, 2003 Sen. James E. West, (360) 786-7610
State Senate asks U.S. Senate to confirm Miguel Estrada
OLYMPIA The state Senate voted 26-22 today to approve Senate Joint Memorial 8020, urging the U.S. Senate to vote to confirm Miguel Estrada as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Estrada would be the first Hispanic in history to sit on that court, which is widely viewed as the most important and prestigious Court of Appeals in the nation, said Senate Majority Leader James E. West, R-Spokane. The American Bar Association unanimously gave Estrada its highest rating and his supervisors in the Solicitor Generals Office gave him the highest possible rating in every category, in every rating period. Estrada is a clear choice, and we want Congress to know where Washington stands on this issue.
The South Dakota Senate also passed a similar resolution on March 6 of this year. The resolution passed 28-3, with four abstentions.
President George W. Bush nominated Estrada to fill a vacancy on the court on May 9, 2001. Since then, the Senate has spent more than 100 hours debating the Estrada nomination, West said. Our federal legislators need to choose Estrada and move on to more important issues facing our nation.
Estrada arrived in the United States from Honduras at the age of 17. Five years later, he graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University. He later graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude.
Estrada is a poster child for the American Dream, West said. Through hard work and diligence, he came to the United States and found success. Estrada is the clear choice for this nomination.
A copy of the resolution is attached for your convenience.
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SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 8020
State of Washington 58th Legislature 2003 Regular Session
By Senators West, Oke, Hale, Zarelli, Esser, Swecker, Schmidt,
Honeyford, Stevens, Deccio, Sheahan, Hewitt, Horn, Mulliken, Morton,
Finkbeiner, McCaslin, Carlson, Parlette, Rossi, Johnson, Brandland,
Roach and Benton
Read first time 02/28/2003. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
1 TO THE HONORABLE GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
2 AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF
3 REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
4 UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:
5 We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of
6 the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully
7 represent and petition as follows:
8 WHEREAS, On May 9, 2001, President Bush nominated Miguel A. Estrada
9 to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the
10 District of Columbia Circuit; and
11 WHEREAS, Mr. Estrada's credentials go uncontested beginning with
12 his mastery of the English language and American culture upon his
13 arrival to the United States as an immigrant from Honduras and his
14 graduation magna cum laude from Columbia University and Harvard Law
15 School, where Mr. Estrada was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; and
16 WHEREAS, From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Estrada served as an Assistant
17 United States Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section in the
18 Southern District of New York; and
19 WHEREAS, In late 1992, Mr. Estrada joined the United States
20 Department of Justice as an Assistant to the Solicitor General; and
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1 WHEREAS, In those capacities, Mr. Estrada represented the
2 government in numerous jury trials and in many appeals before the
3 United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and
4 WHEREAS, Mr. Estrada was unanimously rated "well qualified" by the
5 American Bar Association; and
6 WHEREAS, Over a year-and-a-half has passed without a vote on the
7 Senate floor; and
8 WHEREAS, The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a favorable
9 report to the United States Senate; and
10 WHEREAS, Mr. Estrada has received support from liberal and
11 conservative colleagues alike who attest that he is one of the most
12 brilliant and effective appellate lawyers in the country; and
13 WHEREAS, Organizations who support Mr. Estrada include the League
14 of United Latin American Citizens, United States Hispanic Chamber of
15 Commerce, Hispanic National Bar Association, Hispanic Business
16 Roundtable, and The Latino Coalition; and
17 WHEREAS, Mr. Estrada would be the first Hispanic in the country to
18 sit on the United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit,
19 an important and prestigious position within the nation's Court of
21 NOW, THEREFORE, Your Memorialists respectfully pray that the United
22 States Senate confirm Mr. Estrada to serve as a judge on the United
23 States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
24 BE IT RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately
25 transmitted to the Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United
26 States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the
27 House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of
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