May 01 2019

Shelby: Andrew Brasher Confirmed as U.S. District Judge in Alabama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today praised the Senate confirmation of Andrew Brasher of Montgomery to be a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.  Brasher was nominated for the federal judgeship by President Trump in April 2018.  Last June, he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration of his nomination and was favorably reported out of the committee.

“Andrew Brasher is an outstanding choice to serve as a district judge for the Middle District of Alabama,” said Senator Shelby.  “His judicial temperament and vast legal experience make him well-suited to assume this new role.  I congratulate him on this honor and am confident that his integrity and commitment to the rule of law will further contribute to the high standard of our nation’s judicial system.”

Andrew Brasher currently serves as the solicitor general of the state of Alabama.  In this capacity, he has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Alabama Supreme Court.  Brasher has tried cases in Federal and State courts and won two “Best Brief Award” honors from the National Association of Attorneys General.  Before his appointment as solicitor general in 2014, he served for several years as deputy solicitor general.  Before joining the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Brasher practiced in the litigation and white collar criminal defense practice groups in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.  Upon graduation from law school, Brasher served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Mr. Brasher earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors and summa cum laude, from Samford University, where he presently serves on the Board of Overseers, and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review and winner of the Victor Brudney Prize.

In addition to Brasher’s confirmation, six Alabama judicial nominees, initially nominated by President Trump in 2017, have been confirmed.  Corey Maze, who was nominated by President Trump in 2018 to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, has been voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is awaiting confirmation by the full Senate.  

Historic obstruction by Democrats has occurred during this Administration’s attempt to confirm judges.  The previous six presidents combined faced a total of 24 procedural votes on judicial nominees while President Trump faced more than 100 during his first two years in office.

Last month, the Senate voted to reduce post-cloture debate time from 30 hours to two hours for certain executive and federal judicial nominations, including district court appointments, preventing further delay on confirming hundreds of qualified nominees.