Andrew Brasher, who currently serves as the U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama was nominated by President Trump in November to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. On Friday, the White House officially sent his nomination to the U.S. Senate.
Brasher is 38 years old and according to his online biography, he “earned his B.A., with honors and summa cum laude, from Samford University and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review and winner of the Victor Brudney Prize. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Brasher served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.”
He has been heavily supported by Alabama’s Senior Senator, Richard Shelby, who championed his confirmation as the U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, saying, “Andrew Brasher is an outstanding choice to serve as a district judge for the Middle District of Alabama,” Shelby said. “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.”
Alabama’s Democratic Senator, Doug Jones voted against Brasher’s confirmation. Former Attorney General of Alabama, Luther Strange and current Attorney General of Alabama, Steve Marshall have expressed support for Brasher. Brasher received no Democratic votes during his confirmation vote for U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, so we may reasonably expect that Brasher will be confirmed by the Senate on a party-line vote.
Dakota Layton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he is working to earn his Master of Arts in Philosophy.