WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the confirmation vote on President Trump’s nomination of Birmingham’s Kevin C. Newsom to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Newsom was confirmed by the full Senate with a vote of 66 - 31.
Prior to the confirmation vote, Senator Shelby stated, “I rise today in support of Kevin Newsom, formerly Alabama’s Solicitor General and currently the President’s nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. … I believe Kevin to be an exceptional choice, Mr. President, for this high honor. I have the upmost regard for his intellect and his integrity.
“I am confident that Kevin Newsom would serve honorably and apply the law with impartiality and fairness, which I believe is required of all judges. … I believe President Trump has made the right decision in selecting Kevin to sit on the Eleventh Circuit.
Senator Shelby concluded, “I am hopeful that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will vote to confirm Kevin Newsom without any reservation.”
Newsom will serve in the seat vacated by The Honorable Joel F. Dubina, who retired on October 24, 2013. Newsom, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, chairs the firm’s appellate group. He has argued four cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and more than 35 cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuit.
Prior to joining the firm, Newsom served as Alabama’s solicitor general. Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Newsom to the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules in 2011, and again in 2014. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to Justice Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and later to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter.