Trump taps newly appointed Middle District judge for 11th Circuit seat

Trump taps newly appointed Middle District judge for 11th Circuit seat
Andrew Brasher, confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a federal district court judge for the Middle District of Alabama in May, is now being nominated for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. (Source: Alabama Attorney General's Office)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - He’s been on the job as the newest federal judge in Alabama’s Middle District for only a matter of months, but Andrew Brasher could soon find himself promoted again if President Donald Trump has his way.

Trump announced his intent Wednesday to nominate Brasher for a position on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Atlanta.

The nomination announcement reads:

Andrew Brasher currently serves as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. Before taking the bench in May 2019, Judge Brasher was the Solicitor General of the State of Alabama, where he argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Alabama Supreme Court. He previously served for several years as the Deputy Solicitor General and practiced in the litigation and white-collar criminal defense practice groups in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Brasher served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Judge Brasher earned his B.A., 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.

“Judge Andrew Brasher is eminently qualified and possesses the judicial temperament to make him a fine choice to serve as a federal appeals judge,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Judge Brasher distinguished himself as a legal scholar during his lengthy tenure as Solicitor General of the State of Alabama, arguing and winning cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the Alabama Supreme Court. I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Judge Andrew Brasher to a seat on the federal appeals court and I give his nomination my full support.”

The 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, covers federal cases in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

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