Senators Hutchison, Cornyn Recommend Xavier Rodriguez For Judicial Nomination

In: All News   Posted 02/06/2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn today recommended that President Bush nominate Judge Xavier Rodriguez to fill a pending federal judicial vacancy in San Antonio."Judge Rodriguez brings the qualifications and integrity to the bench that Texas and our nation need now,” Sen. Hutchison said. “He is an exemplary civic and judicial leader and I am pleased to recommend his nomination to President Bush.”"Xavier Rodriguez brings to the bench an excellent professional and judicial background,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I am confident he will exercise restraint and interpret the law in a manner that is honest, capable, and fair to all who come before his court.”Judge Rodriguez is currently a partner with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski in San Antonio, where he focuses on labor and employment law and on general litigation. From September 2001 to November 2002, he served as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. Judge Rodriguez earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1983 and his law degree and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas in 1987. From 1983 to 1997, Judge Rodriguez served as a Captain in the Judge Advocate Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve. Judge Rodriguez' civic involvement includes service as Vice Chair on the Texas Board for Educator Certification, past Chairman of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and a member on the St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council. in their letter to President Bush, Sens. Hutchison and Cornyn wrote, “We believe that Xavier Rodriguez meets the high standards expected of federal judges. The federal bench in Texas is among the best in the nation, and Judge Rodriguez will add to its stature.” in other judicial news, today the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Rob Junell for a district court judgeship for the Western District, based in Midland. Sens. Hutchison and Cornyn both support his nomination.