Senate Confirms Prado For Fifth Circuit

In: All News   Posted 05/01/2003

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved the federal judicial nomination of U.S. District Court Judge Ed Prado to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th District. President Bush nominated Prado in February, and he was confirmed by the Judiciary Committee on March 27, 2003."Judge Ed Prado is an exceptional jurist, and will only add to the stature of the fifth circuit,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee said. “Judge Prado is a friend, and a judge I admire. We are fortunate to have men and women of his caliber in our nation’s most important courts.” Cornyn chaired Prado’s nomination hearing and urged his colleagues to confirm his nomination in a timely manner, confident that Prado would be confirmed overwhelmingly by the full Senate."Judge Ed Prado is among the finest ever recommended to serve on the Texas bench,” Cornyn said. “I have no doubt that the full Senate will vote to confirm him for this critical seat.” Sen. Cornyn continued: “I am also hopeful, however, that the filibuster of Justice Priscilla Owen will soon end. She has waited two years for a vote of confirmation to this same circuit court, and two years is too long.” Judge Prado has been a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Texas for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, he was U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas from 1981 to 1984. He also served as a state district judge in Bexar County. Sen. Cornyn chairs the subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Property Rights, and is the only former judge on the committee. He also serves on the Armed Services, Environment and Public Works, and Budget Committees. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.